SALESVILLE — A fast-moving storm likely played a role in a baby being born Monday afternoon at a well-known garage in Salesville.

The mother and child were reportedly doing well after the delivery at Bill’s Auto Body & Towing just after 3 p.m.

The storm is believed to have had an impact on the emergency notification system for the Quaker City Volunteer Fire Department, thus delaying the arrival of an ambulance to transport the mother to the hospital before she delivered her child — a girl.

According to reports, Jerry Dale Lippert of Bill’s Auto Body & Towing contacted the sheriff’s office at 3:02 p.m. requesting an ambulance for the expectant mother at the Washington Street business.

A sheriff’s dispatcher attempted to phone the Quaker City department but the phone system did not function properly causing a delay in contacting emergency medical personnel in the village two miles away.
An ambulance from United Ambulance in Cambridge was dispatched to the scene but the newborn was not willing to wait that long to make her entrance into the world.

As the United crew was en route to the garage, a caller reported the woman had just delivered the baby.  The dispatch log at the sheriff’s office read “It’s a girl!!!”

A subsequent report indicated the mother and child were good.

The identities of the mother and child were not available as of press time.

Emergency responders cleared the scene at 3:42 p.m., according to the dispatch log.

The mother and child were believed to have been taken to Southeastern Med for evaluation.