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Sister: Seffner man struck by train had heart problems

SEFFNER — A man struck by a CSX train Wednesday night was likely already dead before he was hit, authorities said Thursday.

The man was identified Thursday as Marvin Edward Herring, 61, of Seffner. He was struck less than a half-mile from his home.

The train conductor saw Herring lying between the rails but could not stop in time, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. Evidence suggests he was dead before the train hit him, McKinnon said. He declined to elaborate.

The westbound train continued another quarter mile after striking Herring before coming to a stop near S Kingsway Road and E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Sheriff's deputies, who were called about 10 p.m., found Herring's body beneath the train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No foul play is suspected. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine Herring's cause of death.

"I just can't believe it happened like that on the railroad track," said Herrin's sister, Brenda Kay, 47. "I thought he would go peacefully in his sleep."

Kay said her brother was nice and would do anything for anyone, she said. He always lived in Seffner and used to build highways as a construction worker. He was a disabled retiree and lived with roommates.

He started having heart problems three or four years ago that required a stent, Kay said. But when they talked a week ago he said he was feeling all right, she said.

Sister: Seffner man struck by train had heart problems 06/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:57pm]
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