NEWARK, N.J. — The driver of a school bus carrying children was administered Narcan, a drug that reverses opiate overdoses, after crashing into a tree in Newark Wednesday.
The incident happened at about 1:10 p.m. near 14th Avenue and Jones Street, police said. There were 12 children, ages 5-13, on board.
They were special needs students.
Lisa Byrd, the 57-year-old driver who was employed by F&A Transportation, was transported to University Hospital for treatment, officials said. She was unconscious when officials arrived on scene.
Her driving status was suspended from 1996-2006, police said.
She had contraband and drug paraphernalia on her, officials said.
The driver is facing 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while impaired.
“Endangering the lives of Newark children is something we will not tolerate,” 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.”
There were no reported injuries to children, who left school early because of the snow. They were shaken up and were taken to local hospitals to be checked out. The bus was coming from the 14th Avenue School.
This is the second day in a row that a driver in New Jersey had to be revived with Narcan after an accident. In Tuesday’s crash, a driver who sources told PIX11 News was high on opioids smashed into a New Jersey gas station, killing a gas attendant and a father and son who were in their car.