A school bus carrying special needs children crashed when the driver overdosed on heroin while behind the wheel.
Lisa Byrd, 57, rolled through a snowy Newark, New Jersey intersection and collided with a tree Wednesday after passing out on the deadly drug.
Twelve children were in the bus, all of whom have special needs, and Bird has been charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Lisa Byrd was arrested and charged with 12 counts of endangering children, once count of driving while impaired, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. (Picture: Newark Police Department)‘Driving while impaired is dangerous enough, but adding children to the situation is particularly irresponsible and heinous,’ Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said at a press conference Wednesday.
Byrd had to be revived with Narcan, an emergency treatment to counteract opioid overdose, following the crash.
Woman shot pet llama three times after claiming ‘he attacked her’She was taken to University Hospital in Newark for further treatment.
‘Endangering the lives of Newark children is something we will not tolerate,’ Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said.
‘We are grateful that none of the students were injured and that no other residents were harmed due to the incident.’
The twelve children on the bus were assessed by paramedics at the scene and none were injured (Picture: ABC News)
The children on the bus were aged from five to 13 and were treated by paramedics on the scene.
Byrd was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.