NEW ORLEANS — Heavy smoke was seen coming from a school bus on the side of Interstate 10 in New Orleans East Friday morning, but city officials confirmed the problem was smoke with no fire.
According to a spokesperson for the city of New Orleans, the bus had blown a turbocharger seal, causing oil to leak into the engine and producing the smoke seen Friday morning.
At no point was the bus on fire, the spokesperson said.
The bus passed a city inspection in October, and was not due for another until April 24.
The incident happened on the westbound I-10 near the Morris Road exit.
Video sent to WWL-TV by a viewer appears to show several children walking in the grass between the westbound lanes and the I-10 Service Road with the smoking bus pulled to the side of the interstate.
The viewer told WWL-TV she picked up her children from the scene after the bus pulled over.
The bus was driving KIPP Leadership students to school when the incident occurred. According to KIPP New Orleans School spokesman Curtis Elmore, all students were safe and were taken to school on another bus.
“After noticing this issue, the bus driver accurately followed protocol; students were immediately and appropriately removed from the bus, and emergency services were notified. All students were then safely transported to KIPP Leadership via another bus,” Elmore said.
The bus is owned by A & S Transportation, a bus company serving several New Orleans schools.