Baby To Ride Free For 25 Years After 'Unexpected' Birth On Paris Train
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
It's not often a morning train delay announcement provokes smiles. Then again, it's not often that trains stop so someone can give birth surrounded by commuters.
That's what happened in Paris on Monday when a woman went into labour on board a busy RER A rail service. A bouncing baby boy was delivered with the help of passengers, emergency workers and rail staff at around 11:40 a.m. while the train was held at the city's Auber Station.
To celebrate the unexpected event, the newborn has been offered free rail travel throughout the city up until the age of 25.
"We can confirm that everything is going well," a spokesperson for French public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisien (RATP) announced on the network's Twitter feed.
Trains were paused in both directions for around 45 minutes during the incident and the carriage was evacuated, although around 15 people were reportedly present for the birth.
Commuters were informed of the reason for the delay via a message on station screens which read "unexpected birth of a baby at Auber station," prompting many smiling faces. As excuses go, it definitely beats signal failure.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.