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Baby Girl Born In Route 16 Traffic Jam

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MEDFORD (CBS) – The scene on Route 16 in Medford Wednesday afternoon was not ideal for a woman in labor.

The traffic lights at Wellington Circle had a service interruption, which resulted in gridlock traffic.

After receiving the emergency 911 call, troopers Paul Higgins, Keith Segee, and Karl Johnson hurried from the Medford State Police Barracks on foot and out into traffic.

The troopers began to direct traffic along Route 16 while getting numerous updates on the woman’s location from the Mass. State Police Communications.

At one point contact was lost with the 911 caller’s cell phone. The cell phone number was tracked down by the 911 dispatcher, and Trooper Segee called the woman back.

Once the vehicle came into view, the occupants told the troopers that the baby was being born. The car was then directed into the Medford barracks parking lot.

When troopers opened the door to the car, the baby girl had just been born.

Troopers ensured the baby was breathing and then wrapped her in blankets until Medford EMS arrived.

The mother and baby were brought to Massachusetts General Hospital, and are said to be in good condition.

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