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26 days ago
6/9/16
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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes suffered severe injuries in a near-fatal train accident in 2017. Now he’s going after the company he alleges caused the crash.

Hughes, via his attorneys, allege Norfolk Southern Railway and several of its employees were negligent in failing to warn motorists of dangerous conditions at the railroad crossing where his Chevrolet Z71 truck collided with a northbound train. His estranged wife, Audra, is named as a co-plaintiff.

Per the complaint, filed June in Montgomery County (Ill.) Circuit Court, Hughes’ attorneys claim Norfolk Southern Railway didn’t have adequate warning signs at the crossing and knew it “posed a grave danger to the public” given its placement and visibility.

Hughes’ attorneys also claim the ex-UFC welterweight champ was lawfully driving when his vehicle when he was struck and “thrown dozens of feet,” resulting in “severe, progressive and permanent brain and bodily injuries,” according to the complaint.

Matt and Audra Hughes each seek in excess of $50,000, attorneys costs, and other relief allowed by the court. Multiple calls to Matt Hughes’ attorneys of record, Steven Grovea and Patrick Hagery, were not immediately returned.

Norfolk Southern Railway denies the Hughes’ allegations. The company argues sufficient warnings were in place and claim the UFC Hall of Famer’s actions led to the accident.

 

https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/9/19/20873136/matt-hughes-suing-train-operator-at-center-of-near-fatal-accident

26 days ago
11/19/07
Posts: 708
This lawsuit will make very public his mental state (suicidal?) as the defense team picks apart his life, medical records, and (bad) behaviors that illustrate his mental state at the time. Bet it's gonna be an embarrassing lawsuit.
26 days ago
6/27/05
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Hmmmmmm

26 days ago
1/8/04
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granderojo - This lawsuit will make very public his mental state (suicidal?) as the defense team picks apart his life, medical records, and (bad) behaviors that illustrate his mental state at the time. Bet it's gonna be an embarrassing lawsuit.

Agreed.
26 days ago
5/15/07
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"Norfolk Southern Railway and several of its employees were negligent in failing to warn motorists of dangerous conditions at the railroad crossing"

How about the warning of seeing a big fucking train coming!
26 days ago
11/28/03
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it dawnedon me that the driver of the trainwas probably injured too, and probably others who were on the train as well

 

it was an "uncontrolled" intersection iirc

26 days ago
2/29/16
Posts: 2574

I like Matt, but there is no way he was unaware there was a train coming.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Beelers+Trail,+Zanesville+Township,+IL+62560/@39.2956071,-89.594627,369a,35y,39.28t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8875a774f850f467:0x50c3bf8c2cc2e948!8m2!3d39.2979838!4d-89.5907137

26 days ago
1/6/10
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64FordF100 -

I like Matt, but there is no way he was unaware there was a train coming.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Beelers+Trail,+Zanesville+Township,+IL+62560/@39.2956071,-89.594627,369a,35y,39.28t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8875a774f850f467:0x50c3bf8c2cc2e948!8m2!3d39.2979838!4d-89.5907137

Even I can see a train is coming on that google maps

26 days ago
6/11/10
Posts: 76
64FordF100 - 

I like Matt, but there is no way he was unaware there was a train coming.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Beelers+Trail,+Zanesville+Township,+IL+62560/@39.2956071,-89.594627,369a,35y,39.28t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8875a774f850f467:0x50c3bf8c2cc2e948!8m2!3d39.2979838!4d-89.5907137


It must have been impossible for him to see that train coming over all that flat open ground
26 days ago
3/30/07
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You think Colby will have anything to say about this?
26 days ago
11/10/18
Posts: 4145

If this happened in WV I could understand as there are lots of places you can’t see shit because of mountains. This happened in Illinois. I’m pretty sure if you stand in the center of Illinois you can see every neighboring state lol. It’s just hard to imagine a scenario where it’s Norfolk southern’s fault. 

26 days ago
11/28/03
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26 days ago
12/7/10
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Burt Reynoldz - "Norfolk Southern Railway and several of its employees were negligent in failing to warn motorists of dangerous conditions at the railroad crossing"

How about the warning of seeing a big fucking train coming!

Exactly. This is what you call settlement fishing.

26 days ago
6/27/05
Posts: 26152

Maybe the sign wasn’t there before the accident...?

26 days ago
7/18/11
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granderojo - This lawsuit will make very public his mental state (suicidal?) as the defense team picks apart his life, medical records, and (bad) behaviors that illustrate his mental state at the time. Bet it's gonna be an embarrassing lawsuit.

It couldn’t be more unintentionally embarrassing than his book. 

26 days ago
5/3/14
Posts: 24

“Lifetime salary” with the UFC ends. 

Then suddenly he gets hit by a train (in the middle of f*cking nowhere!).  

You’d have to be the dumbest of the dumb to believe it was coincidence.  

No sympathy for attempted suicide.

 

 

26 days ago
2/25/12
Posts: 3992

You yanks don't have barriers?

 

Wait wtf am I saying you guys have AR15S

26 days ago
12/17/06
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Dravenlives -

You yanks don't have barriers?

 

Wait wtf am I saying you guys have AR15S

We've got full autos ya dumb fuck.

Edited: 26 days ago
12/23/08
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26 days ago
9/19/13
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If you claim to suffer from irreversible brain damage due to "negligence", asking for $50,000 is going to raise suspicion.

26 days ago
10/6/02
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I guess he was just negligent not to see the train coming. Only Matt Hughes knoes for sure what happened. But I am sure it was not an attempt for suicide
26 days ago
4/15/16
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Permanent brain and bodily injuries are only worth $50,000?

Hughes probably made more than that in one fight.
26 days ago
7/14/16
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Misaki - Permanent brain and bodily injuries are only worth $50,000?

Hughes probably made more than that in one fight.

Maybe you should google the definition of "in excess of"

 

And yea, THAT location is going to be a tough sell on not seeing it coming. What time of day/night was the accident? Weather/road conditions? If it is a straight up normal day with normal visibility, then this is going to be a hard one to win. Maybe other factors could be considered though... like what are the speeds of trains in that area?

Let's say you are coming from the side of that sharp bend. If the train is somewhat behind you, you might not see it there. Then your make that bend and get to the crossing... now you are driving a short distance straight into it's path. Depending on the speed limit for the road compared to the speed of those trains, it could be a perfect scenerio for a train to be in your blind spot until you make that bend. You would still assume someone would look off to their left before crossing the tracks.... but who knows. People are distracted and on their phones and shit in traffic all the time... I imagine thats the case in the middle of fucking nowhere as well?

 

26 days ago
1/8/04
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50K? Isn't Matt hanging in Colombia with unlimited hot broads nursing him? That money will be gone faster than his muscle memory.
26 days ago
2/29/16
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Lurker99 - 
Misaki - Permanent brain and bodily injuries are only worth $50,000?

Hughes probably made more than that in one fight.

Maybe you should google the definition of "in excess of"

 

And yea, THAT location is going to be a tough sell on not seeing it coming. What time of day/night was the accident? Weather/road conditions? If it is a straight up normal day with normal visibility, then this is going to be a hard one to win. Maybe other factors could be considered though... like what are the speeds of trains in that area?

Let's say you are coming from the side of that sharp bend. If the train is somewhat behind you, you might not see it there. Then your make that bend and get to the crossing... now you are driving a short distance straight into it's path. Depending on the speed limit for the road compared to the speed of those trains, it could be a perfect scenerio for a train to be in your blind spot until you make that bend. You would still assume someone would look off to their left before crossing the tracks.... but who knows. People are distracted and on their phones and shit in traffic all the time... I imagine thats the case in the middle of fucking nowhere as well?

 


10:45am, he was going east so he would have gone around that corner before crossing the tracks.  The train hit the passenger side of his truck, so it would have been going northeast.  Before he went around the corner, he would have been facing the train as it traveled toward him before they met at the intersection.  Again, I like Matt but I don't see how this is the railroad's fault.  I think he saw the train, and tried beating it rather than sit there and wait.