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Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes crash

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 26, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

MANNING, Ore. — Oregon State Police say 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.

According to a news release, Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel west near the community of Manning. 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 truck hit the Camry.

Four people, including Calhon and his passenger, 19-year-old Bradley Meyring, of Edmonds, Washington, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Calhon has been cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault.

The tunnel was closed approximately 2 hours.

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Dontcallmenames says... May 27, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.

The idiot was probably trying to reduce his "carbon footprint" by breathing less!

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