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Valley mom gives birth on Interstate 10

Firefighter Troy Holtorf, left, and Firefighter Jim Cook pose near their truck after they helped to deliver a baby on a Valley freeway. (Sandra Haros/KTAR)

A woman was forced to give birth Tuesday on a Valley freeway due to a traffic jam.

Fire officials said the woman was on Interstate 10 at 43rd Ave. about 7 a.m. when her friend, who was driving the vehicle, came to a stop in traffic. The woman's friend managed to flag down a DPS officer that was investigating an accident.

Phoenix firefighter and paramedic, Troy Holtorf, was first on scene.

"We loaded her in the back of the ambulance and we hadn't driven all but 500 feet. The head came out and next thing you know there's a baby," he said, smiling.

Holtorf had the privilege of cutting the cord, separating the woman from her baby girl.

"I don't have kids of my own, but it's pretty neat to experience that," he saod.

The woman and the child are reportedly doing well.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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