Officer helps deliver baby on Atlanta highway during 'snowmageddon'

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by CBS News

KMOV.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Traffic is slowly returning to normal in Atlanta on Thursday, two days after a crippling snow storm. While thousands of drivers were stranded in their cars during the storm on Tuesday, there was one person who was in a very big hurry.

Amy Anderson and her husband Nick Anderson were expecting their third child next week, but around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Amy called her husband with some news

"She was in a little bit of panic mode,” he said. “She had already started having contractions. They were about 10 minutes apart."

Nick rushed to their home in an Atlanta suburb and loaded his pregnant wife and two older daughters into the car. 

On any other day, it would have been just a couple minutes drive to the hospital, but once they got on the interstate, it was total gridlock.

"I think at that point reality started to set in that we aren't going to make it,” said Nick. “So I called 911 and the operator was super helpful and she was very calm and relaxed and said she was going to talk us through it."

 Luckily, the Andersons wouldn't have to deliver their baby alone.

Officer Tim Sheffield was responding to a call in the area when he noticed that Nick Anderson was standing outside his car.

"I think it was coincidence, just being in the right place at the right time,” he said. “It didn't look like it was stuck so I just got out to check on them and I asked the driver, I said ‘Are you okay’? And he was very calm, he was on the phone with 911 and he said ‘No, we're having a baby.’’

Scheffield went to grab some emergency supplies from his squad car and in the midst of snow, wind and traffic, baby Grace came into the world.

"It really turned out to be a pretty neat experience for our family. You know, our two girls got to see their baby sister born, I got to deliver,” said Nick. “Not ideal circumstances, but certainly a memorable one and one that we'll kind of cherish for a while."

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