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Transit officers help deliver Christmas baby aboard Philadelphia train

SEPTA Train

This Christmas delivery couldn’t wait.

It was a timely, essential Christmas Day delivery. 

At approximately 6:00pm ET on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) Market-Frankford El subway train, SEPTA transit officers helped a woman in labor deliver a baby. The mother and baby were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, where they remain in good condition.

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III confirmed the news via Twitter. 

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#BREAKING: Woman gives birth on #Septa train at 15th and Market in #CenterCity. @fox29philly

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The delivery caused 30-minute delays on the line’s westbound route.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to provide additional clarity and context. 

H/T NBC Philadelphia | Photo via Cookie M/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)   

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.