WrestlingNewsWorld has obtained exclusive details behind the car-train crash on Friday involving Matt Hughes. The accident occurred in Raymond, Illinois, at 10:45 a.m. as Hughes was driving a truck across the train trucks and was struck.
Hughes was air-lifted to a hospital in Springfield under critical condition. The accident remains under investigation.
Below is the official press release:
Raymond, Illinois – Officials with the Illinois State Police (ISP) are currently investigating a serious injury crash on Beelers Trail in Montgomery County.
At approximately 10:45 a.m. a pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Beelers Trail approaching a railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks. The driver of the truck crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.
The driver of the truck, Matt Hughes, age 43 of Hillsboro, Illinois, was seriously injured. He was transported to a Springfield hospital via Arch Air Medical Services. Officers with the ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating the crash.
No further information is available.
6 PM EST UPDATE: St. John's Hospital in Springfield issued the following statement on his condition:
SPRINGFIELD–Former UFC fighter and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the noon hour on Friday, June 16, 2017. 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.
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