ST. GEORGE – A Wal-Mart checkout line and the interstate aren’t exactly the first place one would expect new life to be brought into the world, but for two pregnant women, that’s what happened.
Around 5 a.m., Monday, a Wendover couple was heading to Salt Lake City on Interstate 80 when the heavy contractions started, according to KSL.com.
“They had had labor pains so they decided they were going to start heading to the hospital,” said Tooele County Sheriff’s Sgt. Marshall Evans.
They didn’t make it to the hospital.
A baby girl was born about 16 miles from the Utah-Nevada border. Both mother and child were reported to be in good condition when emergency crews arrived at the roadside delivery.
They were subsequently transported in good condition to an area hospital, KSL reports.
Earlier on Sunday morning, a Wal-Mart in Payson was also the site of a sooner-than-expected delivery, the Daily Herald reports.
The woman was getting ready to leave Wal-Mart around 6:40 a.m. when she went into labor, said Terry Reilly of the Payson Fire Department.
The situation “progressed pretty rapidly” he said, and employees and customers ended up helping deliver the baby before the ambulance arrived.
It all happened in a checkout line, Reilly said, adding that the birth appeared to be a pretty “calm” event.
Mother and child were transported to the hospital and are in healthy condition, according to reports.
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