According to CNN, Newark school bus driver Lisa Byrd crashed into a tree when she overdosed while driving. She was transporting a dozen students from 14th Avenue School on Wednesday when the crash occurred.
Police revived the 57-year-old woman with Narcan, a drug that instantly reverses the effects of opioids. The students were not injured.
Byrd was taken into custody and is facing 12 charges of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while impaired, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The company employing the driver has been “removed from transporting children” by Newark Public Schools.
On average, of 30 school-age children are killed each year in school-transportation-related crashes — most of them outside of the bus or in other vehicles — according to newly updated federal data.
According to NHTSA, from 2006 to 2015, there were 324,710 fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 1,172 (0.4%) were classified as being related to school transportation.
Even within the school-transportation-related fatalities, less than a quarter of those killed are children. In the 2006 to 2015 time span, NHTSA’s data show that 1,313 people of all ages were killed in crashes related to school transportation, with 301 of them (23%) being school-age children (age 18 or younger).
The report also shows that most of the child fatalities take place outside of school buses or in other vehicles. Of the 301 school-age children killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
According to NHTSA’s data, of the school-age pedestrians killed in school-transportation-related crashes from 2006 to 2015:
NHTSA defines a school-transportation-related crash as one that involves, either directly or indirectly, a school bus body vehicle or a non-school bus functioning as a school bus, transporting children to or from school or school-related activities.
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