Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was airlifted to a medical facility after the truck he was driving collided with a train Friday morning.

The accident occurred just south of Raymond, Illinois, about 12 miles north of Hughes' home in Hillsboro.

According to Illinois State Police, Hughes, 43, drove a pickup truck across a railroad grade crossing "directly in front of a train, and the train struck the passenger side of the truck" at 10:43 a.m.

HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, said Hughes was airlifted there and that its trauma team "stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery."

"Hughes' family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time," the hospital's statement, released Friday night, said. "They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers."