A New Jersey school bus aide who drove a bus carrying a group of children with special needs crashed in Newark Wednesday morning and was revived with the opioid revival drug Narcan, according to news reports.
Lisa Byrd, 57, is accused of driving the school bus without a commercial drivers license, WABC reported. She took control of the bus after the assigned bus driver was running late, according to the WABC report.
Byrd was charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia, WABC reported.
Police told WABC-TV that the driver was on heroin when she crashed into a tree.
Almost a dozen children between the ages of 5 and 13 were on the bus at the time, the news station reported, but none were injured in the crash.
A witness at the scene said it didn’t look like the driver was having a drug overdose.
"She looked like she was having a stroke or something," Sherod Jones, who jumped on the bus, said. "Her eyes were wide open and her hands were up, then they went down, her arms, and her eyes were wide open."
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