Police: Driver holding breath in Oregon tunnel faints, causes crash

Police: Driver holding breath in Oregon tunnel faints, causes crash
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

MANNING, Ore. – A 19-year-old man who held his breath while driving through a tunnel on Highway 26 fainted and caused a three-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon, state police said.

Daniel J. Calhon of Snohomish, Wash., was driving a Toyota Camry west of Manning when he fainted in a tunnel. His car crossed the center line and crashed head-on into an SUV, according to police.

Both vehicles crashed into the tunnel walls and a pickup truck crashed into the Camry.

Four people were injured. Police said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Calhon and his passenger, Bradley Meyring, were taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital.

The two people in the SUV were also taken to a hospital.

Calhon was cited for assault (4th degree), reckless driving and three counts of reckless endangering.

Some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.