SUMMIT — The New Jersey State Police works with local law enforcement on a regular basis, but on Thursday morning they came together for a decidedly happy reason: delivering a baby on the side of a major highway.

Summit Police Department

The Summit Police Department said Scotch Plains resident Olivia Cummings was getting a ride to the hospital from a friend just before 8:30 when her daughter decided she was ready to make her grand arrival. When Lashanie Watson pulled to the side of Route 78, she called 911, which brought Trooper Chris Gesualdo and Summit Officer Keith Kwiatek to the scene.

According to the department, the officers got there just in time and helped deliver little Ania, who was 6 pounds 14 ounces. After Ania was born, she and her mother were taken by Summit EMS to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for further care.

The State Police said mother and baby are both "doing well."

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