WILLOWBROOK (WBBM/CBS) — For one mother, this Mother’s Day will be one she’ll likely never forget; she went into labor after she was involved in a seven-car pileup on the Stevenson Expressway.
The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Interstate 55 near County Line Road. Illinois State Police said a pregnant woman was involved in the crash and went into labor at the scene.
Rev. Anne Utterback, pastor of the Lemont United Methodist Church, was among drivers stuck on I-55 after the seven-car pileup. She had just pulled onto I-55 from Kingery Highway in Willowbrook when she saw the pileup ahead of her.
“You could see the smoke up there and, so, you know, I took out my chaplain card and I followed one of the ambulances up and asked the officer if they needed any help,” Utterback said.
Officers told her about the pregnant woman.
“Her water broke and she went into labor and they called the ambulance and so she went off to the hospital,” Utterback said.
Another woman, who was stuck in the traffic tie-up, asked police for help. She had a newborn in the car and the vehicle was getting hot. Police escorted her and the baby out of the traffic jam.
Police said there were no fatalities in the car crash.