A Toronto taxi driver says he had an “amazing” experience after an expectant mother gave birth in the back of his cab Friday morning on the busy Highway 401.

“When I reached the apartment building, she was in severe pain,” cab driver Abid Munavar said.

Munavar says he tried to convince the couple to call an ambulance, but they refused and urged him to drive to the hospital.

Once the baby started to crown, Munavar pulled his cab over to the shoulder of the highway, near McCowan Road, and called 911.

“The baby was born five minutes before the ambulance came over here,” Munavar said.

The baby’s father helped deliver the child in the back seat around 8 a.m. – right in the middle of Toronto’s busy morning rush-hour.

“It was a very strange experience for me. I was a little nervous but it’s okay … it is amazing,” Munavar said.

Mom and baby were transported to Scarborough Grace Hospital, and both are reported to be in good health.