The parents of newborn baby Grace Anderson will have quite a story to tell their daughter of how she came into the world, born on an Atlanta highway in the middle of a rare snowstorm that paralyzed the region.
Grace was born around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in her parents’ stranded car on Interstate 285, the loop of highway that encircles Atlanta.
“We couldn’t go forward any more and that’s when I knew,” Grace’s mom, Amy Anderson, told local ABC affiliate WSB-TV. “The contractions had gotten so strong, I knew that this baby was coming, because we just couldn’t get through.”
Grace was delivered by her father, Nick Anderson, and Officer Tim Sheffield of the Sandy Springs Police Department, who was on the road to help drivers stranded by the icy conditions and asked the Andersons if they were having car troubles.
“I said, ‘No, we’re having a baby,” Nick Anderson told WSB-TV.
Sheffield, who was also celebrating his birthday Tuesday, said the delivery was fast.
“I could see the baby head like it was crowning so I went back to my car to get my first aid kit and some gloves and when I got back to the car the head had popped out,” Sheffield said.
Also along for the delivery, in the backseat of the Marietta, Ga., family’s car, were Grace’s two older siblings, according to WSB-TV.
Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after Grace’s birth and took the family to a hospital. Both mom and baby are fine, a spokeswoman for the Sandy Springs Police Department told ABCNews.com.
The Andersons were just two of the thousands of drivers stranded and cars abandoned in the below-freezing weather that turned major roadways across the South into sheets of ice Tuesday.
Nearly 8,000 students across Georgia and Alabama camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters sought shelter in churches, fire stations — even grocery stores — after the rare snowstorm that dumped just a few inches of snow but left unaccustomed Southerners frozen in their tracks.
One driver near Atlanta trying to get to the airport told ABC News he traveled one mile in eight hours.
“It was an incredible ordeal to drive in this kind of stuff and to make it home safe that was a miracle to me,” said another driver, Stan Coates.
ABC News Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.