Police: School bus driver in crash had overdosed, required Narcan

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A driver who crashed a Newark school bus carrying children had overdosed on narcotics and needed to be revived by Narcan, according to the Newark Police Department.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said that 57-year-old Lisa Byrd was driving the bus while high on narcotics. She apparently overdosed and crashed the bus into a tree by 14th Avenue and Jones Street.

Ambrose said that officers arriving on the scene found drug paraphernalia inside the bus. Byrd was given Narcan to revive her, and she was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

There were 12 special-needs students from the 14th Avenue School on board the bus during the crash. Ambrose said that they were shaken up but not injured.

Byrd is employed by F&A Transportation. Ambrose said that Byrd’s license was suspended between 1996 and 2006, but he did not have details about the reason. He said that police would be investigating the current status of her driver’s license and if she had a commercial driver’s license.

Byrd was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to F&A Transportation for comment and is waiting to hear back.

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