Baby born alongside I-15 after parents can’t get to hospital in time

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-09 00:02:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A baby was born along I-15 early Thursday morning as a mother and father were hurrying to a hospital.

The mother and child are doing well after the birth, which happened on the shoulder of the road along northbound I-15 in the area of 90th South.

Emergency responders were dispatched to assist, and Sandy Fire Captain Rick Hofheins was among them.

“We got there about a minute after mom delivered,” Hofheins said. “…She was in the front passenger seat and had the seat pushed all the way back, and there was plenty of room, so she just kind of caught her own baby as it came out.”

Hofheins said the baby was breathing fine when they arrived, and they wrapped the child in a clean shirt and cut the umbilical cord.

“Dad was kind of really, he was outside the car, shaking and talking to us, and a nervous wreck,” Hofheins said.

Hofheins said of the two, mom seemed to be keeping it together better.

“She’s a trooper,” he said.

Captain Hoffheins has been on the job for about 20 years, and he said Thursday’s delivery on the side of I-15 is the fourth or fifth one he's been called to, so, while it's not common, it does happen from time to time.