- The happy new mother, finally free of traffic. (Photo: MSNBC)
How bad are the District's traffic jams? Bad enough that one young woman wasn't able to escape her vehicle when having her baby.
A father and daughter caught in a major traffic backup near the intersection of Florida and New York Avenue found themselves sitting with a third passenger before the ride's delays ended — the daughter's new baby girl, born suddenly and amid all the frustrations of driving in the capital. It was early Tuesday morning, and they had been trying to reach a local hospital when they realized the father's van was not, as is so often the case on the capital's roads, making progress fast enough for the expectant mother. The two area residents had called 911 ("What's your address?" "I'm not at an address"), according to a recent NBC News report, and were being directed to the nearest firehouse for assistance, but D.C. traffic moves for no baby. Soon enough, the woman began undressing in the van as she felt her baby coming. Her squealing can be heard over the emergency phone lines.
NBC News has the wild story right here, captured hours after the baby was born: