The car was heading to the local hospital on Sunday in Gävle, eastern Sweden, when the baby made an unexpected entry into the world.
“The man looked at his wife and saw that the child was on the way. This made him drive into the median strip and the car flipped over and ended up in a ditch,” Pär Törnhult of the Gästrike emergency services told the Gefle Dagbladet newspaper.
The car had four passengers at the time of the accident, and five by the time a nearby motorist opened the door.
The motorist, by chance, was a fireman, but his assistance in the birth was unneeded as the baby had already been born.
“The mother sat gasping and when I looked in, I saw the infant lying on the floor. A doctor came in another car and took care of the child,” the fireman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the paper.
Emergency services in eastern Sweden were on hand quickly and the entire family was taken to hospital. While the woman’s condition was initially said to be severe, she is recovering quickly.
The newborn is in a stable condition.