Driver of School Bus Carrying 11 Children Revived With Narcan After Crashing in New Jersey

By Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.
February 20, 2019 Updated: February 20, 2019

A school bus driver transporting 11 children was revived with the overdose drug Narcan after crashing the bus in New Jersey, authorities have said.

Sources told ABC 7 that the incident occurred on the intersection of 14th Avenue and Jones Street in Newark at around 1 p.m., where a 57-year-old female bus driver crashed the bus into a small tree. At the time, 11 students ages 5 to 13 were on board.

A law enforcement source told NBC 4 that the driver had a bag of heroin in her hands.

The bus driver has been identified as Lisa Byrd, according to the news station who cited Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose.

The children were evaluated by EMS but no injuries were reported. The driver was taken to University Hospital for treatment, according to PIX 11.

A witness to the incident, Sherod Jones, told ABC 7 that he jumped onto the bus to help the driver and children after the crash.

“I got on the bus and I checked to see what the lady’s foot on the brake, and I put it in park so that the kids would be alright,” Jone said. He described the woman looked as though she was having a stroke.

“She looked like she was having a stroke or something,” he told the news station. “Her eyes were wide open and her hands were up, then they went down, her arms, and her eyes were wide open.”

Sources told PIX 11 that the driver may be facing multiple charges.

Second DWI Crash in 2 Days

This incident comes a day after a multi-car crash in New Jersey, which left three people dead. The driver of the car was apparently under the influence of drugs and was also revived with Narcan, reported ABC 7.

A gas station attendant and a father and son were killed in the crash, while sources say the driver believed responsible was administered Narcan and will survive.

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According to reports, the 29-year-old driver, Jason Vanderee, overdosed then lost control of his Honda Pilot before crashing into a Camaro carrying a father and his son, Jon and Luke Warbeck, who were killed in the crash. A third car was also hit and debris from the accident damaged several other cars.

The accident also caused one of the cars to roll over and crash into a Delta gas station. Lovedeep Fatra, 23, who was serving as a gas attendant at the time was killed as a result. Fatra had come to the United States from India just a year ago.

After Vanderee was given Narcan, he was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson where he is expected to survive, reported ABC 7, citing sources. A state official told the news station that the 29-year-old had his license suspended in early 2017 due to another DWI incident in 2016. His license was reinstated after seven months, meaning that Vanderee was driving on a valid license at the time of the Feb. 19 crash.

In addition, Vanderee had received citations for wrong-way driving on a one-way street in January 2018, the improper display of plates in April 2018, and careless driving in September 2015.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Janita Kan
Janita Kan is a reporter based in New York covering the Justice Department, courts, and First Amendment.