Baby girl born on train 'delivered by fellow passenger'

Rail managers at Southeastern tonight thanked staff and passengers for helping with the delivery of a baby on commuter train at West Malling in Kent.

The guard on the train made an emergency announcement appealing for any doctor or nurse when he faced a passenger on the brink of giving birth.

The Incident occurred at 7.30pm and delayed thousands of commuters on the line to Maidstone East.

In what must be one of the most unusual excuses for a train delay a fellow passenger is understood to have helped with the delivery.

An ambulance was called and mother and baby were taken to hospital.

Both are said to be doing fine and the baby has been named Phoebe, according to a spoken for the train company. Delays of around an hour were caused by the incident.

Services are now back to normal.

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