Exclusive: 911 call documents childbirth on IL-13

Baby born on side of road after train holds up parents en route to hospital
Published: Nov. 21, 2015 at 3:47 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2015 at 12:19 PM CST
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Less than two weeks after giving birth to a baby girl in the middle of a state highway, Haley Culkin is doing just fine.

Haley and Brandon Culkin woke up sometime after midnight on November 9 and made the long-awaited realization that "the time" had come.

"I don't think you can fully prepare for something like that," Brandon Culkin explained as he recalled the trip to the hospital as his second child was being born.

"We started driving towards Carbondale, and at about the Marion airport, I felt the need to push." Haley explained

Haley was scheduled for induced childbirth at 7 a.m., and and after the family experienced one false alarm the previous week, they didn't want to make another unnecessary trip.

"We were in that mindset," Brandon explained. "We're not going over there until the head's popping out…and, well, that went a little too literally."

The trip from the Culkin's home in Harrisburg to Carbondale Memorial Hospital falls just shy of 40 miles.

"I just kept telling him, call the hospital!" Haley explained. "Tell someone that we're coming… hurry!"

"My wife's in labor," Brandon explained to Jackson County 911 dispatcher Gary Rushing just before 3  a.m. that morning.

"They were probably three blocks away and all of the sudden they get close to the train tracks, and the crossing gates come down," Rushing explained.

"I was thinking no, it's not happening yet but, well, it was actually was!" Haley recalled. "When we got into Carbondale, her head was beginning to come out."

"I've had a few people call me saying they were in labor," Rushing explained, "but the ambulance usually gets there before something like that happens."

"Once she was delivered, everything was just immediately calm," Haley said, "and she's really been a blessing to our family. If we can get through that, we can get through anything."

Eva Leslie Culkin was born just before 3 a.m. on November 9, 2015.

As a memento, the Culkins' pediatrician gave them a "Thomas the Tank Engine" toy.

Doctors say the whole family is recovering well.

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