Car Crash in Tunnel: Teen Holding Breath Faints, Takes Out Two Cars

Image: Car Crash in Tunnel: Teen Holding Breath Faints, Takes Out Two Cars 1990 Toyota Camry after it was involved in a crash in the Highway 26 tunnel.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:07 AM

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A car crash in a tunnel in Oregon took out three vehicles over the weekend after a 19-year-old man fainted behind the wheel as he attempted to hold his breath during the ride through the passageway.

Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday 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, The Associated Press reported.

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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. It was not clear if he had a lawyer.

State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Monday 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.

The tunnel, called the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel, was completed in 1940 and carries the highway through the Northern Oregon Coast Range mountains. It's 772 feet long, meaning that a car traveling at the posted speed limit of 55 mph would get through it in about 10 seconds.

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