Baby boy born at roadside

Jan. 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- New Jersey State Police said a couple delivered their own baby at the side of the road when they were unable to make it to the hospital in time for the birth.

Troopers said the father called 911 at 6:31 a.m. Monday to report his wife was in labor at the side of the Garden State Parkway in Elmwood Park in the couple's Honda Pilot, The (Bergen, N.J.) Pilot reported Monday.

The state police said troopers arrived about seven minutes later to find the baby had just been born.

"It happened as we were pulling up," Trooper Kris Towman said. "The father had wrapped the baby in his coat. They were just sitting there waiting for further assistance."

The troopers said Trooper Chris McComb, who is certified as an EMT, checked the baby boy's vital signs before mother and baby were taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.

"Our main concern was the health and welfare for the mother and the baby, so once we got over that, we were astonished to say the least," Towman said.

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