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Dad delivers baby on roadside

PITTSBRUGH (WPXI/CNN) - A man had to deliver his son on the way to the hospital in the Pittsburgh, PA, area. The new dad and a 911 dispatcher worked together to do it safely.

The newest addition to Ashley Harmon's family, her fourth boy, Lucas, came into this world much more quickly than the previous three.

"We probably drove for about 20 minutes, 25 minutes, and I'm like, I can't, we're not going to make it, and he's like, 'You can make it, you can make it, we're like three quarters of the way there, you can make it.' I'm like, we can't," Ashley said.

Ashley and her husband Rick were only 15 minutes from the hospital, but they knew they had to pull off of Route 119 and into a parking lot.

"We just zipped in there, and by the time I got to the other side of the truck, I already seen his head coming out, it was already there," Rick said.

The stunned father got ready and was coached through the delivery by 911 dispatcher Bill Hazlett.

"I gave the instructions on how to tie the umbilical cord," Hazlett said.

As they waited for an ambulance, a neighbor, John Rock, walked over to see what was going on.

"I went over and congratulated him, he didn't have a shirt, they used the shirt to help deliver the baby and he asked me if he could get a shirt and I said sure and I ran home and got him a shirt," Rock said.

The Harmon family is still at the hospital, but once they leave they'll have a great story to tell.

Lukas has some bruising on his head from being born so quickly, but is expected to be OK.

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