TAMPA, Florida - A Bay Area mother is sharing her story after giving birth along I-275.
Candace Crossley said she started having contractions overnight Wednesday. On her way to St. Joseph's Hospital from her home in Wesley Chapel, her husband had to pull over near the Bearss Avenue exit because she was already in labor.
Crossley's husband called 911, while her sister helped deliver the baby, with Crossley partially inside the car. "I just really tried to keep my composure and not cry or get very nervous, 'cause it was very scary as you can imagine," said the 25-year-old mother.
Baby Catelyn was born two weeks early, weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces. "I didn't have to push a bunch of times, I kind of pushed once, and she just fell into my sister's arms," said Crossley.
The mother said everyone was calm for the most part, despite the unexpected circumstances. Their main goal was to make sure Catelyn was okay. Crossley said emergency crews arrived a short time later to take them to the hospital.
This is Crossley's second child. Her 2-year-old daughter was also with them in the car at the time of her sister's birth.