CICERO, Ill. — A woman gave birth to a baby boy while stuck in a traffic jam caused by a fatal car fire Wednesday.
The driver and his wife were on their way to the hospital when they got caught in a traffic jam near Roosevelt and Laramie in Cicero.
The area has been blocked off due to an earlier car fire that killed one person and critically injured two others.
The driver flagged down a police car and told him that his wife was ready to have the baby. They ended up delivering the baby in the back seat of their car.
Later on Wednesday, the driver and baby’s father, Hector Morales, released a statement following the birth of his son, named Aiden:
“It saddened us to just find out of the terrible accident that took place hours before, our condolences to the families. I do want to thank the Cicero Police and Fire Department. The 911 dispatch center guided us quickly and calmly. At this time mom and baby are resting and bonding. Our family members are visiting and our thanks go out to everyone.”