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A woman went into labor two weeks early and, with the help of strangers, gave birth at L’Enfant Plaza station. (Source: WJLA/CNN) A woman went into labor two weeks early and, with the help of strangers, gave birth at L’Enfant Plaza station. (Source: WJLA/CNN)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJLA/CNN) - A newborn boy will have quite the story to tell when he's older. He was born Thursday at a Metro station in Washington, D.C.

Shavonnte Taylor, 23, was on a greenline train when she went into labor more than two weeks early, and the baby wasn't waiting.

"It just happened to be the best of luck that there was an emergency medical technician off-duty on board that train who was able to give assistance," Caroline Lukas, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority spokeswoman, said.

With no time to get to a hospital, Good Samaritans sprung into action. The off-duty EMT started delivering the baby while a man on the platform literally offered the shirt off his back to help.

"He just gave it so they could keep pressure on," Metro Station Manager Saa Alpha said.

Within minutes, baby Amir came into the world, right next to an escalator where a crowd had gathered - their hushed silence erupting into cheers of relief.

"It was quiet. Everybody was shocked and then everybody was just like hooray," Alpha said. "We all shook hands."

Medics arrived to rush the new mom and baby to the hospital, leaving little evidence of what happened here - just stories that circulated from rider to rider.

Toya Bradley is well aware of that with her third child on the way. She's due about the same time as the woman who gave birth in the station.

"I don't want to have it at no train station," she said.

It's not something anyone would plan - but at least workers at the L'Enfant Plaza station know what to do now if it happens again - although they're happy to celebrate one successful birth and leave it at that.

Officials at the hospital say that Amir Mason weighs 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measures 21 inches.

Copyright 2013 WJLA via CNN. All rights reserved.

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