Baby born in car on Pa. Turnpike in Montgomery County

And a tractor trailer accident backs up traffic early Thursday

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Published: Nov 15 2012 11:09:04 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 02:15:01 PM EST

The Pennsylvania Turnpike in Montgomery County was a busy place Thursday morning.

One little boy wasn't ready to wait for a hospital before making his entry into the world. A woman gave birth to the full-term baby during the morning rush hour, police said.

The parents were on their way to the hospital when the father pulled over along the westbound lanes at mile marker 336.7 in Whitemarsh Township, called for help and delivered his son in the front seat of the car, dispatchers said.

The mother and full-term baby were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where both mom and son were evaluated.

Also Thursday morning, an accident involving a tractor trailer, a gas tanker and a passenger vehicle in Salford Township led to a five-mile backup on the northbound side of the Northeast Extension.

The crash happened around 5 a.m. between the Lansdale and Quakertown exits.

The tanker was carrying 7,800 gallons of gas, which leaked onto the highway, officials said.

The accident closed both lanes of the northbound side for more than an hour.

No one was injured.