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LOOK: Baby Tommy born on M42 hard shoulder in traffic jam

Solihull Editorial 8th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A MOTORWAY cop helped a mum and her family after she gave birth on the hard shoulder of the M42 on Saturday (April 30).

The father-to-be made a frantic 999 call at around 5.25pm saying that his wife was about to give birth and they were stuck in traffic between junction 9 and 8 following a diesel spillage further along the motorway.

PC James Barry rushed to the family’s aid and arrived within two minutes of the call to find that the she had already given birth and was sitting in the back of her Vauxhall Zafira with her new born son.

PC Barry, from the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG), said: “By the time we arrived, mum had done all the hard work and we there to make sure everyone was ok.

“The family were driving home on the motorway and had got caught up in traffic following a diesel spillage.

“The lady who already has two sons aged two and four, who were in the car at the time, suddenly went into labour which was a complete shock as the baby wasn’t due for another three weeks.

“The husband did the right thing and pulled over onto the hard shoulder and called us for help, he told us that it had all happened so fast, that within 20 minutes of his wife going into labour she had given birth.

“The ambulance crew were struggling to get to us as the motorway was blocked, so we blue lighted the family to the motorcycle museum where the crew were able to meet us and take over.

“It was lovely to receive a photo of the baby named Tommy and we are glad that they are all doing well.”

The family of the lady have been in touch to thank the officer for his help.