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Kathryn “Katie” Engel, 31, with son Aiden Hector Morales, and fiancée Hector Morales, 32 Kathryn “Katie” Engel, 31, with son Aiden Hector Morales, and fiancée Hector Morales, 32
Kathryn “Katie” Engel, 31, with son Aiden Hector Morales Kathryn “Katie” Engel, 31, with son Aiden Hector Morales
CICERO (FOX 32 News) -

FIRST ON FOX: A woman gave birth in a van in west suburban Cicero Wednesday morning, while stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital.

FOX 32 News crews spotted the van pulling into a gas station parking lot near Roosevelt and Laramie, which was closed down for accident clean up and investigation after a fatal crash.

SEE: 1 dead, 2 critical in Cicero crash where car caught fire

Hector Morales got out of his Dodge and excitedly began talking to police. An ambulance arrived at the scene to assist the couple, but Katherine Engel had done all the hard work.

"The baby's head was coming, so I hold onto the head thinking let me hold onto this part, she does all the hard work," Hector Morales says.

FOX 32 News captured exclusive video seconds after the baby was born around 7:20 a.m., into Morales' arms.

Paramedics ran to the van to make sure the baby and mother were in good condition.

Moments earlier, the couple was rushing to West Suburban Medical Center when Engle's contractions intensified. Morales pulled over because things were happening a little too quickly. He had no idea police were working a nearby accident.

"She said 'Hector, I'm not going to make it' and I'm like 'are you sure? we're almost there.' And she says 'I'm not going to make it, pull over right here.' I'm like 'okay,'" Hector explains.

Morales called police. Dispatcher Macario Rodriguez answered.

"He's telling me 'ok, I'm here' and I hear him trying to flag an officer down and I still have him on the line and all of the sudden I hear 'the baby is coming, the baby is coming and I got to go,' click," Rodriguez says.

Moments later, baby Aidan Hector Morales was born.

"When he came out he did a little yelp, not much of a cry but a little yelp with the hands stretching and I tried to keep him warm," Hector says.

West Suburban Medical Center Nurse Manager Robbin Uchison told FOX 32 News that people miscalculate how close to birth they really are after the first contraction.

"I would say 5 or 6 times a year [someone gives birth outside of a hospital]," explains nurse manager Robbin Uchison. "They just don't anticipate how much labor they're in and they do end up delivering."

This baby is Hector and Katherine's second child. By Wednesday afternoon, mom and baby were bonding at the hospital.

Earlier in the day, Morales released a statement saying in part, "It saddened us to just find out of the terrible accident that took place hours before. Our condolences to the families. I do want to thank the Cicero Police and Fire Department. The 911 dispatch center guided us quickly and calmly."

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