Police: Man Holds Breath, Causes 3-Car Crash

Daniel Calhon allegedly passed out in tunnel near Portland

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 26, 2014 3:45 PM CDT | Updated May 26, 2014 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland, Oregon State police said. Daniel Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted yesterday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community of Manning, according to a news release. His car, a 1990 Toyota Camry, drifted across the centerline and crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer. Both vehicles struck the tunnel walls before a pickup hit the Camry.

Calhon and his passenger, 19-year-old Bradley Meyring, of Edmonds, Washington, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, as did the two people in the Explorer: Thomas Hatch Jr., 67, and Candace Hatch, 61, from Astoria. All four were taken to hospitals. The two people in the pickup were not hurt. Calhon was cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree assault in Washington County Circuit Court. A police lieutenant said he's not sure why Calhon was holding his breath, but some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.

This undated photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows a 1990 Toyota Camry after it was involved in a crash in the Highway 26 tunnel west near the community of Manning, Ore.   (uncredited)
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