New Jersey school bus driver revived with Narcan after crashing with students aboard


    Picture of Lisa Byrd who is accused of being under the influence of drugs while driving a school bus. (Newark Police Department)

    NEWARK, NJ -- Police say a school bus driver in New Jersey crashed into a tree while she was apparently under influence of drugs.

    Witnesses say she smashed into a tree while moving at slow speed in Newark Wednesday afternoon.

    First responders found her unconscious at the scene and used Narcan to revive her.

    Twelve special-needs students were on the bus, but none of them were injured.

    The driver, 57-year-old Lisa Byrd, was taken to the hospital.

    "Police officers did observe contraband, drug paraphernalia. She appears to be under the influence of a narcotic,” Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said.

    Byrd is nowfacing several charges, including child endangerment, drug possession and driving while impaired.

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