NJ School Bus Driver Treated With Narcan After Crashing Into Tree

February 20, 2019 - 5:44 pm

NEWARK (WCBS 880) — Newark Police say a school bus driver was treated with Narcan after crashing into a tree Wednesday afternoon.

The driver, 57-year-old Lisa Byrd, was transporting 12 children from the Fourteenth Avenue Elementary School in Newark when she crashed the bus into a tree at 14th Avenue and Jones Street at around 1 p.m.

Authorities say the children ranged in age from 5 to 13 and were all special needs students. None of the kids were injured, but police say they were shaken up.

According to WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell, first responders found Byrd unconscious behind the wheel. Police director Anthony Ambrose says it was she needed the anti-opioid drug.

“There was contraband that was seen close by,” Ambrose explained.

Cops saw what they believed were drugs but Ambrose did not confirm.

“This is a pathetic situation with children. The mayor is outraged about the endangering of these children,” the police director said.

Byrd was taken to a hospital for treatment, though the extent of her injuries was not immediately clear.

She faces multiple criminal charges. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.