Troopers: Healthy baby born on State Route 3

Officers responded Friday morning after a Port Orchard woman went into labor en route to the hospital.

It was an eventful morning on State Route 3 in Gorst on Friday.

First responders helped deliver a baby boy in a vehicle after a Port Orchard woman went into labor en route to the hospital.

Troopers received a call at 7:05 a.m. from the soon-to-be father saying his wife had gone into labor. After some coaxing, dispatchers persuaded the couple to pull over for help, Washington State Patrol spokesperson Chelsea Hodgson said.

“Officers received a call from the father stating he was driving to the hospital with his wife who was in labor and did not want to stop,” Hodgson said. “Our dispatchers convinced the father to pull over for assistance.”

The couple stopped near Viking Fence Company. Troopers arrived, followed closely by medics from the Bremerton Fire Department and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. Within 10 minutes, Hodgson said, the baby was delivered in the car.

Mother and baby were taken by ambulance to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale. Both were doing well Friday afternoon, the WSP reported.

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Follow him on Twitter @kitsapgabe.

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