RAYMOND, IL – Famed mixed martial artist and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was seriously injured Friday morning after his pickup truck was struck by a train in Montgomery County.
According to Illinois State Police investigators, the accident occurred at 10:45 a.m. on Beelers Trail.
Hughes was traveling eastbound on the trail when he approached a rail crossing marked with crossbucks. Hughes attempted to cross the tracks in his vehicle and was struck by an oncoming train.
Authorities said Hughes was airlifted to a Springfield hospital via Arch Air Medical Services.
The crash remains under investigation.
Hughes, 43, is a former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer. He has an MMA record of 45-9.