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Former Hawkeye lineman killed by train in Arizona

Kyle Calloway
Kyle Calloway

IOWA CITY – Former University of Iowa offensive lineman Kyle Calloway was struck and killed by a train near Tucson, Arizona, on July 2. He was 29. Funeral arrangements are pending.

“We are all stunned and very saddened to hear of the tragic accident claiming the life of Kyle Calloway,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Kyle’s family and to those who knew him. He was a valued and respected member of our program.”

Calloway was a member of the Hawkeye football program from 2005-09, redshirting his first year. He joined the Hawkeye program from East High School in Belleville, Illinois, where he had participated in football, basketball, and track.

Calloway started 37 of his final 38 games as a Hawkeye, including the final 12 games as a senior in 2009. Iowa posted an 11-2 record in his final season, and he started at right tackle in Iowa’s 16-9 win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl. The Hawkeyes were ranked seventh in the final rankings.

Calloway started all 13 games in 2008, including the 31-10 win over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl.

Calloway, who played primarily right tackle, earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a junior and senior. He was selected for the East-West Shrine Game following his career. Calloway was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

On July 2, 2016 officers from Operations Division East responded to the railroad tracks east of South Rita Road and East Old Vail Road reference a report of a pedestrian struck by a train. Members from the Tucson Fire Department and Union Pacific Police Department were also dispatched. Shortly after arrival, the pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.

Traffic investigators from the Tucson Police Department responded to continue the investigation. They were able to determine that the pedestrian was jogging westbound on and off the tracks when he was struck from behind by a westbound train.

The pedestrian has been identified as 29-year-old Kyle Calloway. Next of kin has been notified.

The collision happened on the railroad tracks east of the intersection. The numbers below do not include this collision, due to the fact that the collision did not take place on or at a roadway.

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