School bus driver allegedly overdosed, revived with Narcan after crashing vehicle with 12 students onboard

A woman in Newark, N.J., is facing a handful of charges after she had to be administered a narcotic overdose medication after the bus she was driving crashed on Wednesday.

According to the Newark Police Department, officers responded to a crash at the corner of 14th Avenue and Jones Street at around 1 p.m. A school bus had crashed into a tree. The bus driver, Lisa Byrd, was found unconscious at the wheel. Police said first responders administered Narcan to Byrd to reverse an apparent opioid overdose before she was transported to University Hospital for treatment.

There were 12 special needs students, ages 5 to 13, onboard the bus at the time, although none were injured.

“Endangering the lives of Newark children is something we will not tolerate,” Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka said. “We are grateful that none of the students were injured and that no other residents were harmed due to this incident.”

Now, the 57-year-old is facing charges of 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, in addition to driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia. F&A Transportation, where Byrd was reportedly employed, could not be reached by Yahoo Lifestyle for comment.

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