NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A baby doesn’t wait for traffic. That’s why a newborn girl was delivered in a car on Interstate 64 on Monday, according to VDOT.
The baby, named Marrielle, was born at the 15th View Street inspection station.
Mother, Latishe Andrews, is an Army soldier station in Virginia Beach. She was trying to get through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel because she was supposed to deliver her baby at Langley in Hampton. But baby Marrielle had other plans.
Latishe says she felt her water break around 8:30 p.m. By 10 p.m., her newborn baby was lying on her chest.
“First I was in denial. I was like, ‘I’ll make it, I’ll make it,'” Latishe said. “But the closer they got, I knew she was about to come, so I didn’t have a choice.”
Latishe has been through childbirth before. She was in labor for 26 hours when she had one-year-old Kerriell.
“It was really fast, I wasn’t expecting that,” Latishe said with a giggle.
Lathishe’s mom, Evelyn Andrews, was behind the wheel of her Volkswagon Jetta. As they approached the HRBT, traffic stopped.
“By then she was pulling her pants down and I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I looked to the side and there was a head.”
Traffic still wasn’t moving. Evelyn says her heart was racing.
“Seeing your daughter birth her own baby, that’s amazing. She didn’t know what to do, but her instincts kicked in.”
Evelyn pulled into the inspection station as VDOT workers came rushing over.
“There was slight panic in the air,” Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Crew Leader Brian Williamson said.
Williamson said he responded from the south island of the HRBT. By the time he got there, the baby had already been delivered and was “making all kinds of noise, screaming and yelling,” he said.
In the meantime, father LaMardes Field was also screaming while sitting in traffic.
Latishe and Marrielle are both doing well.