By the time a woman in labor called 911 Wednesday on her way to a Kansas City hospital, the little boy was coming.
The woman had started her drive in Saline County that morning, but soon realized she wouldn’t make it to the hospital before her child would be born. She pulled off at an exit and parked on the side of westbound Interstate 70 in Oak Grove, Jackson County. She told a dispatcher she could see a TravelCenters of America truck stop.
Initially, officials thought she meant a different stop, but Oak Grove police knew where she was. A few officers handling a call at a nearby Wal-Mart could see a stopped car on the exit ramp, Oak Grove Chief of Police Bryon Price said.
“She was the only adult in the car,” Price said. “She was driving, talking on the phone and having a baby.”
By the time officers arrived, the baby had been born in the back seat of a gray sedan. A toddler girl in the front looked up at officers.
The little boy wasn’t breathing when officers arrived. He was face down, ashen and covered in fluid until an officer cleared the child’s mouth enough to get him breathing. His older sister was content to be held by a different officer.
Mother and children were transported to Centerpoint Medical Center, Price said, and are in good health.
Police posted the dashcam video to the department’s Facebook page.