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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hurt in truck-train collision

RAYMOND, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State Police say former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was injured in a collision between a pickup truck and train.

Police say the pickup was traveling on a road in central Illinois Friday when the driver crossed railroad tracks marked with a warning. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side.

The 43-year-old Hughes of Hillsboro, Illinois was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

In a statement, the hospital reported a trauma team stabilized Hughes and passed on a request from the Hughes family asking for privacy.

Hughes was a celebrated mixed-martial-arts fighter before retiring in 2011 and is a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame.

UFC spokesman David Lockett said the group will respect Hughes’ family’s privacy and “keep Matt and his family in our prayers.”

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