Baby born in Route 16 traffic jam

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July 18, 2012, 10:23 pm

(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Medford, Mass.) - Traffic on Route 16 West heading into Wellington Circle in Medford, Mass. was at a stand still Wednesday afternoon, as traffic lights were out and cars were bumper to bumper in all directions.

That's when a call came in to State Police from a woman driving an SUV carrying her pregnant sister, who was in active labor.
"There was no screaming at that time, everyone kind of seemed calm when I was able to speak with them," said Mass. State Trooper Keith Segee.
Troopers Segee and Paul Higgins were at the barracks, just steps from the highway. They ran out into the gridlock to try to track down the SUV.
"If anyone knows Wellington Circle, it's a horror show, and at that point we went out there, stopped all lanes of traffic and only let westbound traffic move trying to locate the part," said Trooper Higgins.
The troopers say the original call was dropped and they briefly lost contact with the sisters. They say as angry drivers were honking and screaming at them, they were able to get the women back on the phone.
"They just kept saying they were pulling into the barracks but unfortunately they weren't, I think they saw it in the distance and they were just trying to get there," said Trooper Segee.
"The passenger in the front seat actually hung her head out the window, that's when we directed her in to the front of the barracks," said Trooper Higgins.
Meanwhile, EMS crews were on the way and the troopers' intern, Boston College student Nick Rolfsen, was running throughout the barracks gathering all the medical supplies they might need to deliver the baby.
"It was pretty amazing, running in and out of the barracks, trying to get blankets and medical supplies for the child, just knowing that everything's on the line," said Rolfsen.
But it turns out, this baby wasn't going to wait any longer.
"I opened the door and the baby was already delivered," said Trooper Segee, "She was being held by the mother's sister."
The woman gave birth to a little girl who was six weeks premature.

State Police say both baby and mother were transported to Mass General Hospital and at last check, they're both doing very well.

Tags: massachusetts, traffic, Alysha Palumbo, baby, Medford, birth, Massachusetts State Police, Route 16, Trooper Keith Segee, Trooper Paul Higgins, Wellington Circle
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