Baby born on motorway hard shoulder

The first baby known to be born on a motorway hard-shoulder in the East of England sparked a major "incident" after her arrival on the M11 near Cambridge.

Mother Caroline Dethridge of Cottenham had just given birth to 7lb 4oz Rosie when traffic officers Rob Clarke and Karl Hensel leapt into action.

After alerting the Eastern Regional Control Centre, and ensuring the ambulance service knew their precise location, they set up emergency cones and arrows to protect the scene.

And when the ambulance arrived, they made sure paramedics could lift the family into the ambulance in safety.

Proud father Steven Dethridge said: "The Traffic Officers were brilliant. The baby came so quickly, she was already on the back seat by the time I pulled over."

Jane Kelly, duty operational manager said: "The M11 hard-shoulder is not the best maternity hospital, but we were all thrilled to hear the baby arrived safely. Our whole team came into the control room to find out the latest. It brightened up our day."

Rob said: "Rosie arrived just as we did. We said the hard shoulder is for emergencies only, but that we'd overlook it on this occasion. This is the first baby born on our network in the east, so that's great."

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