School bus driver revived with Narcan after crashing bus with special-needs students on board


NEWARK, N.J. (WTHR) — A New Jersey school bus driver has been arrested for drug and child endangerment charges after police say she was high on heroin when she crashed her bus with 12 special-needs students on board.

NBC New York reports the children on board were ages 5 to 13. The bus driver, 57-year-old Lisa Byrd, was driving the students Wednesday afternoon when she crashed into a tree. First responders found Byrd at the scene unconscious and had to revive her with Narcan.

None of the children on board were injured, but NBC New York reports they all went to local hospitals for observation because they were "shaken up."

Police reportedly found drug paraphernalia at the scene, and NBC New York reports sources said Byrd had a bag of heroin in her hand.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said Byrd's driver's license had previously been suspended between 1996 and 2006, but did not give the reason why.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said he would not stand for putting children's lives in danger.

"Endangering the lives of Newark children is something we will not tolerate," Baraka said.

According to the Newark Department of Public Safety, Byrd has been charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia.