Thousands of Georgia drivers were stranded for over 24 hours on a snow and ice-covered interstate highway I-285 on Jan. 27 into Jan. 28. During the nightmare commuter situation, a miracle was born: a baby girl was safely delivered on the side of the road by a police officer.
Little baby Grace could not wait in the horrific gridlock affecting Atlanta, Georgia highways: her parents were en route to the hospital on Jan. 28 when her mother went into labor and they got stranded on the icy roads of I-285 and gridlock traffic. Officer Tim Sheffield of Sandy Springs Police assisted in delivering the baby, roadside!
Atlanta Snow Storm — Baby Born In Car On Interstate Due To Icy Roadway
Officer Sheffield barely made it to the pregnant mom’s car before the delivery.
“Fortunately he had his emergency lights on and people got out of his way,” Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose told the Associated Press. “The delivery was pretty flawless.”
Baby Grace was delivered safely, and paramedics were able to push through the gridlock to take the family to the hospital.
Stranded Motorists Experience Nightmare Conditions In Southern Highway Gridlock
It only snowed about 2 inches in the Atlanta area on Jan. 27, — which has been uncharacteristically cold — but poor planning by government officials left the roads icy and unsalted, causing major accidents and unsafe driving conditions, subsequent traffic pile-ups that lasted 24 hours and counting.
Children were stranded in school buses, residents slept roadside in their cars, and truckers abandoned their 18-wheelers to seek shelter. Mayor Kasim Reed said the government’s top priority was getting food and water to stranded motorists and clearing the roads, reported USA Today.
Our thoughts are with the thousands of Southerners who are affected by this horrible storm!
– Kristine Hope Kowalski