Baby born on highway during traffic jam

SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A baby girl was delivered safely during a traffic jam on a New Jersey highway with the help of firefighters and police officers.

Anuj Desai said he and his wife, Vendhana, were headed from Hoboken to Morristown Memorial Hospital on March 20 in the morning when traffic came to a halt.

Desai pulled onto the shoulder of Route 78 and called 911. But Vendhana said they wouldn’t have time, so firefighters from the Springfield department helped her give birth on the side of the road.

Officials say the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. But Capt. Michael Mastroeni was able to fix the problem.

Chief Carlo Palumbo clamped and cut the cord. It was the second emergency delivery for Palumbo, who previously helped a woman give birth in a bank parking lot.

Baby Sonia was quickly wrapped in blankets on the chilly 30-degree morning, and the family continued in an ambulance to Morristown hospital, where the mother and the baby were pronounced healthy,

Desai thanked the emergency crews who helped in delivering the baby.