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Father delivers baby in traffic jam

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Left: Baby Aidan; Right: Baby Aidan and mom

Left: Baby Aidan; Right: Baby Aidan and mom

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Hector Morales was in a hurry to get to the hospital. A traffic jam held him up - but not his baby boy.

Morales and his fiancee, Kathryn Engel, were headed to West Suburban Hospital when they hit a traffic jam near Roosevelt and Laramie, the scene of a fatal car crash. Engel's labor progressed quickly.

"Katie was having strong contractions. . . [She] said, 'I'm not going to make it. Pull over right here,'" Morales said.

Morales pulled over at a gas station, and with the help of a 911 dispatcher, delivered his son.

"I kept him on the line to kind of get his information and update the paramedics as they were en route. And I told him, 'You know what, I have officers at Laramie and Roosevelt--just go straight there,'" Macario Rodriguez, Cicero 911 dispatcher, said.

Aidan was born in just minutes.

"I was impressed with how well composed he was. He did a fine job," Larry Polk, Cicero police, said.

Engel and her son were transported to the hospital, where both are doing fine.

Aidan was born around 8 a.m.; the car crash and fire was reported at 5:45 a.m.

"It saddened us to just find out of the terrible accident that took place hours before, our condolences to the families," Morales said.

A 19-year-old woman died and two people were injured in that crash. They remain hospitalized.

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