Hospital Provides Update on Matt Hughes’ Condition After Collision with Train

June 16, 2017

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes was airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Friday after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train. 

The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. local time in Montgomery County, Illinois, when Hughes’ pickup truck approached a “railroad grade crossing marked with crossbucks,” according to Illinois State Police. “(Hughes) crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of a train and the train struck the passenger side of the truck.”

Matt HughesHughes was seriously injured and airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital. UFC president Dana White, who was in touch with Hughes’ family, told ESPN that Hughes had suffered head trauma in the accident.

Friday afternoon, HSHS St. John’s Hospital released a statement, saying that the hospital’s trauma team had stabilized Hughes and was continuing to help him recover. 

HSHS St. John’s Full Statement on Matt Hughes:

“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.

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“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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  • Sir_Roy

    Thought he could make it across in time I guess. Never a good idea. Impatience on the road has led to more deaths … Hope he comes out OK.

    • Islayidiots

      You do know that some areas in the country have no track signs or warnings right? Matt Hughes lives in the country.

      • Sir_Roy

        Sure. Fine. All the same, it’s pretty f’n hard to miss an oncoming train.

        Conversely, it’s not at all unheard of for folks to race the tracks bro. I’m not condemning the man. I’m merely stating a fact with regards impatience on the road. We’re all guilty of it. No finger pointing going on here. Again, I hope he makes a fast 100% recovery.

        • EXTERMINATED

          Again, you’re a f’n COMPLETE IDIOT!!!!

          • Sir_Roy

            And you obviously need counseling.

          • Murdock

            He doesn’t have a good reputation himself on this site. Him and his silly know it all assumptions.

        • MikeMcK

          You ever notice that people only take issue with some assumptions people make? Pretty much only if they differ from their assumptions.

          • Sir_Roy

            I think many people are by nature self-righteous. It’s a defense mechanism to hide basic stupidity and / or a lack of self esteem. And those who aggressively attack others as though theirs is the only correct answer (i.e. “you idiot” or “you f’n this or that” blah blah blah), regardless there being an overall lack of evidence presented to support a real theory, are at their core, very dangerous individuals. It breeds fanaticism and shows a complete unwillingness to open a dialogue. Oddly, they’re the ones lacking depth and breadth of thought. But hey, it’s the internet.

    • P-Pac

      he wasnt driving

    • EXTERMINATED

      idiot!

      • Sir_Roy

        Um, sure, OK. I’ll play along.

        Moron!!

  • SayNoToWrecklessDrivers

    That should teach him a lesson. Hopefully he won’t do it again! What’s wrong with the guy? Praying in the TUF show and being “godly” and all these stuff and then risking his life like that. The family doesn’t have to worry about privacy, no one remembered him anyway, until now…hehehe

    • Zang Li

      i’m indifferent about Hughes, but you are a moron…

      • EXTERMINATED

        Indifferent about someone who’s fighting for their life? You’re the moron, bro!

    • Islayidiots

      Pretty sure this is the most idiotic thing I have read today. You do know that some areas in the country have no track signs or warnings right?! GTFOH! SAB!!!

      • Tlove

        Agreed. What kind of idiot says “This should teach him a lesson?”

      • Axekick

        This was one of those parts of the country that does not require warning lights at train crossings. I live in an adjacent state and hit a train myself once. It was moving slowly, could not be heard, there was no street lights as it was a rural area and no train crossing signal and I was not familiar with the area. Furthermore it was a hilly and curvy road so your ‘line of sight’ was very limited and it was a 45 mph zone. (Too fast for a road with a railroad crossing that lacks a signal)

    • Tlove

      You seriously should go kill urself after making such an idiotic comment.

  • Kris-tyahn

    Not a Matt Hughes fan, but regardless you never want to see someone seriously injured. Sounds like he tried to beat/race the train… which is the dumbest thing you could do while driving (sober). What’s an extra few minutes waiting & watching a train drive by?!?

    SayNoToWrecklessDrivers: Too soon man!

    • Tlove

      same

    • Axekick

      No, I hit a train in Illinois once too. In rural areas there are many railroad crossings on roads that lack street lights and railroad signals. In my case it was dark and the road was winding and hilly and you simply could not see the train in that 45 mph zone until it was too late. I had a passenger who screamed “Train!” the very second my foot locked up the brakes but it was too late.

      SayNoToRecklessComments.

    • Devin Davis

      Don’t comment on something you don’t know anything about.

    • EXTERMINATED

      You sound like a dumb-ssa! Shut your piehole and stop assumming hSit.

      • Sir_Roy

        Look at you running up in here and flexing your big bad online wannabe bully muscles, telling everyone to shut the “f” up like this is your house, or you can do a damn thing about it. Get out of here you wannabe internet tuff guy. Little keyboard warriors like you regularly sh!t your shorts in any kind of real confrontation – psychology 101.

  • Andrew W.

    Im currently in Southern Illinois and the crossbucks they are talking about are def. not enough. You need some sort of warning system when a train is coming. You cross so many tracks in these rural farm areas that aren’t in use anymore with old crossbucks that you don’t even look for a train half the time. It’s a danger.

    • Axekick

      I hit a train in southern Illinois just as is described here. No street lights, no warning system(flashing lights or audible alert) and the freight train was moving at roughly 5 miles per hour so making no noise. The rail cars were all a dark primer color that appeared to simply be more dark road UNTIL I saw the white lettering at the rear of one of the railcars. I was doing 45 mph and saw the train 40 feet before hitting in so slowed down to around 25 mph by the time I got my foot on the brake and locked them up.

    • EXTERMINATED

      Exactly. This is the same thing I was telling my wife.

  • peralez2383

    drunk as a skunk

    • EXTERMINATED

      @10:45 am? Not likely especially for Hughes.

  • McQueen Steve

    Suicide attempt

    • Devin Davis

      Please don’t comment if you’re going to be a jackass.

    • SodaPop

      I heard that theory being tossed around, but let’s not jump to conclusions yet.

    • EXTERMINATED

      I find that hard to believe. I’m sure he owns plenty of guns..

  • taylor2008

    How did he not see it or hear it? They always blow the whistle when they come to a crossing.

    • Axekick

      No, they don’t. I’m in St. Louis but often in southern Illinois and they rarely ever blow a whistle when approaching a crossing. Usually only if they see a vehicle or pedestrian coming too close to path of the train.

      • taylor2008

        Arent there at least crossing lights going off when the train approaches?

        • Axekick

          No there are not. Honestly if you’re in a moving car you would not know there’s a train. Now if you are familiar with the area you would typically know where they are and slow down and determine if there is or not but if you aren’t familiar with the area or roads you could easily drive into or in front of a train.

          I did it myself as a teenager and remember my parents assumed I was drinking because it sounds so absurd that it could happen. They came to the hospital who told them I did not have alcohol in my system afterwhich I took them to the railroad crossing to prove you cannot see what, if anything, is on the tracks when driving the speed limit.

          • taylor2008

            I am from the southwest chicago suburbs and I used to see those kind of crossings when I was a kid. Ever since the burbs grew I dont see that…unless I go further out. Glad you are ok when that happened to you.

          • Axekick

            Thank you very much for your kind sentiments. As if driving into the train and totalling my new car was not bad enough they also found a dead body near where the collision was! (Seriously) The police came to the hospital to ensure I was not drinking or using drugs then asked me if I saw anything unusual in the area. I laughed and said I didn’t see much of anything at all, obviously, not even the train. He looked at me in a manner that I perceived to be an attempt to intimidate me. I then asked “like what, what could be seen in that dark area that would be unusual?” He said “we found a dead body very close to where you collided into the train.” I said OMG, I’m sorry, I know it sucks to be a cop at times. I asked who it was and he said he didn’t know that is what he is trying to find out. I asked if he knew how he died and he said he was hit by a car. My heart sunk thinking they were going to blame me and asked if he thought my car hit him. The cop laughed and said “nooooo” had he been between your car and that train there wouldn’t be as much of him left as there is. Turned out a couple weeks later he was identified and had been hit on another nearby highway, was walking the rural road collapsed and died. So yeah, it was a lousy night all around.

  • Murdock

    Hopes he makes a full recovery.

  • Mark Todd

    shocking news, so hope he pulls through and is ok. though head trauma is not a good sign for full recovery. probably will be mentally handicapped.

  • Tyler Harris

    Stop saying “prays”. That’s useless and does nothing. Keep your stupid religion to yourself

    • Sir_Roy

      Freedom of speech bro. Freedom of free expression. I’d say keep your stupidity to yourself, but that would require a herculean effort I’m none too sure you’re capable of.

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  • burgerman7

    gotta stop running into gsp’s