Woman Gives Birth in Traffic From Fatal Crash

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011  |  Updated 8:50 PM EDT
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A woman gave birth while stuck in a traffic jam in northeast Washington Tuesday morning. Emergency crews couldn't get there in time, so they gave directions over the phone.

Craig Melvin

A woman gave birth while stuck in a traffic jam in northeast Washington Tuesday morning. Emergency crews couldn't get there in time, so they gave directions over the phone.

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An accident in Northeast D.C. caused road closures and diverted rush hour Tuesday morning.  In the resulting backup, a pregnant woman gave birth to a child.

Authorities confirmed a fatal accident at Florida Avenue and Eckington Place.  A tractor trailer collided with two dirtbikes in the intersection.

According to police, the dirtbike riders attempted to pass the truck and were struck.  One of the riders died, and the other sustained serious injury.  Police said neither of the motorbikes had license tags and were not legal for the street.

All west bound lanes of Florida were blocked at New York Avenue.  Traffic was diverted onto New York Avenue.  East bound Florida Avenue was shut down at First Avenue. 

A mother stuck in the traffic gave birth to a baby inside her vehicle.  D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said both mother and child were in good health and taken to the hospital . 

The baby was born at 6:30 a.m., shortly before an ambulance arrived on the scene.

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