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.
Our thoughts are with Matt Hughes and his family. pic.twitter.com/TF6BaHSa85
— UFC (@ufc) June 16, 2017
Just heard that my friend @matthughes9x has been injured in a crash. Please send positive thoughts and prayers his way. It can help #AskBJM
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) June 16, 2017