Baby girl born near entrance to Holland Tunnel during rush hour

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Kai Tang and Ying Chen with Port Authority officers Catherine Prior and Matthew Smith, who helped them deliver Chen’s baby girl, center.
Credit: PAPD

Port Authority Police officers helped a Brooklyn mother deliver a baby girl near the Holland Tunnel during rush hour Monday morning.

Kai Tang and Ying Chen, Borough Park residents, were driving from Philadelphia to their local doctor when Chen went into labor.

Tang pulled their Nissan over some 50 feet from the New Jersey Holland Tunnel entrance around 6:45 and waved over two Port Authority cops on duty at the toll plaza.

Officers Catherine Prior and Luis Alvardo provided first aid and requested an ambulance through their radio. Responding to the scene, officer Matthew Smith, a trained and certified EMT, obtained an obstetrical kit and oxygen from the Port Authority booth.

After delivery, Smith clamped and cut the newborn’s umbilical cord and secured the placenta for transportation to Jersey City Medical Center.

A commander lieutenant and sergeant coordinated emergency efforts at the scene before medical personnel arrived.

Chen, 21, and her newborn daughter were admitted to the medical center and are in good condition.

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