A Cicero father stressed urgency but was seemingly calm earlier this week as his wife was giving birth while they were stuck in a traffic jam, a 911 call released Friday reveals.
"My fiancé is giving birth right now," Hector Morales told the dispatcher. "I'm headed to the hospital now, but I don't think I'm going to make it."
Morales and Katie Engle were headed down Roosevelt Road near Laramie Avenue on Wednesday when they came upon the traffic jam.
"I need an ambulance, sir. ... I'm at the Marathon. I'm at the Marathon gas station on the corner," Morales said.
With her contractions coming faster and faster, Engle can be heard screaming in the background.
There were several seconds of silence in the call as the dispatcher contacted authorities and advised Morales to stay on the line.
But then there was an abrupt end to the call:
"Baby! The baby's here. I gotta go," the new father said before hanging up.
Little Aiden Morales was delivered in the van at around 8 a.m. Emergency crews met up with the trio at the gas station. Mom and the newborn were said to be in good health.
The traffic jam was caused by a fatal car fire that happened hours earlier.