UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hospitalized after truck-train collision

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a train.

UFC President Dana White broke the news to ESPN. White said a truck Hughes was in collided with a moving train earlier today:

“Apparently he has head trauma. His family is traveling to him now.”

via MMA Junkie:

The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., near Hughes’ hometown of Hillsboro, reported the former fighter has been stabilized by a trauma team at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, citing a statement from the facility.

“The HSHS St. John’s Regional Trauma Team stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery,” the hospital’s statement to the SJ-R reads. “Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”

The State Journal-Register reported Hughes crossed a set of railroad tracks near rural Raymond, Ill., directly in front of an oncoming train. The truck he was driving was hit on the passenger side, the Illinois State Police told the newspaper. According to SJ-R.com, the state police are investigating the crash.

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