This story was updated Saturday morning to include information on the statement from HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Local mixed martial arts star Matt Hughes was seriously injured in a collision with a train Friday morning.
Illinois State Police report that Hughes, age 43, of Hillsboro, was driving a pickup truck eastbound on Beelers Trail in Montgomery County, approaching a railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks. Hughes reportedly crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train, which struck the passenger side of Hughes’ truck.
Hughes was seriously injured and was transported to a HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield via Arch Air Medical Services. Illinois State Police are investigating the crash.
Late Friday afternoon, St. John’s Hospital issued the following statement:
Former UFC fighter and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the noon hour on Friday, June 16. The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery.
Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.