People are urging New Jersey legislators to put more of a focus on the heroin epidemic that’s taking over much of the United States.

As NBC 4 reports, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose is asking for harsher penalties when it comes to drug use after a bus aide put 12 students’ lives in danger.

According to WABC, the driver, Lisa Byrd, 57, was transporting 12 students with special needs when she crashed the bus she was operating into a tree. Byrd allegedly is not a bus driver but rather an aide whose job is to simply help students with special needs onto the bus.

The Fourteenth Avenue Elementary School students were all between 5 and 13 years old. Thankfully, although the students were shaken up and transported to a local hospital for evaluation, they have all been released to their parents without any major injuries.

The video was caught on public surveillance cameras:

According to WABC, Byrd wasn’t supposed to be driving the bus that day. The bus aide reportedly took matters into her own hands when the driver who was assigned to the bus was running late.

When first responders arrived at the scene, paramedics needed to revive Bryd with Narcan after she reportedly overdosing on heroin.

According to a source, drug paraphernalia was found at the scene of the accident, and Byrd was discovered to be clutching a bag of heroin in her hand.

A witness told NBC 4 it looked like Byrd “couldn’t move, like she was having a heart attack or a stroke.”

After being taken to University Hospital for additional treatment, Byrd was charged with 12 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while impaired.

Ambrose said during a press conference:

“I know it is an epidemic, but it’s also a sickness. A person driving a bus, or a person driving, period, I would like to see our legislators look at it better and give more serious penalties to people that do this.”

Byrd reportedly has had her license suspended before from 1996 to 2006. However, the reason for the suspension was not immediately known.

Byrd also passed the drug test she was subjected to when she was first hired by the transportation company.

The investigation surrounding the crash remains ongoing.

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2 Replies to “Bus Aide Transporting 12 Students With Special Needs Crashed. She Needed to Be Revived With Narcan After Overdosing”

  • William conley 2 years ago

    Drug testing only punishes weed smokers while hard drug users can be given a two or three day window to detox for a drug test since those drugs are water soluble. Now with that said nobody should be under the influence of anything when they are behind the wheel especially when you’re driving passengers. If this teacher was merely high on weed though this wreck wouldn’t have happened she would have been driving 5 miles under the speed limit the entire way. It’s not a disease either in sick of that bullshit narrative they weren’t born with thoughts of doing heroin they are merely weak people who cope with stress in their lives with drugs that get them so high they aren’t around mentally anymore. I say lock them all up force detox and they get one maybe two more chances to stay clean or it’s ten years in prison.

  • Thomas Ianello 2 years ago

    I’m so sick of hearing about these heroin users being revived after overdosing. Just bullshit when people are dying because they can’t afford regular medicine for whatever ailment they have.

    Corporate greed is killing the good people that live a normal life while scumbags are treated as their life really matters!

    Just think how much better our society would be if they just let them due over their own stupid decisions!!!

    Yeah, I’m a prick, but I’m an intelligent, healthy prick!!!

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