Final Crash Report Reveals Dump Truck Driver Fell Asleep Before Deadly Crash

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A final crash report reveals the driver of a dump truck involved in a deadly 11-car crash in Miami had fallen asleep at the wheel.

According to the report, a toxicology test revealed the truck driver, Larry Ellis, had traces of a non-narcotic medicine in his system which can cause drowsiness.

Investigators said Ellis was heading east when his truck slammed into the rear-end of the taxi, which was also going east.

Video from the Bowl Bar, across the street from Marlins Park, showed the dramatic collision at the intersection of NW 17th Avenue and 7th Street. The truck was seemingly unable to stop while a number of cars were waiting at the red light.

Authorities said the video showed Ellis had both hands on the wheel, but was hunched over.

The impact sent nine other vehicles spinning and colliding with one another – including a motor scooter and shuttle bus.

The report states Ellis told detectives his brakes didn’t work, but investigators found no sign of mechanical issues.

Several people were severely injured and 69-year-old Pamela Kay Plummer, who was riding in the taxi, died.

Ellis, who’s been a city employee for 20 years, remains on paid administrative leave.

He faces several citations, but will not be criminally charged.


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