Teen held breath while driving through tunnel, passed out and crashed

Credit: Oregon State Police

Credit: Oregon State Police

MANNING, Ore. — Police in Oregon cited a 19-year-old who apparently held his breath while driving through a tunnel, fainted and crashed, causing a three-vehicle accident that injured four people.

The crash happened in a tunnel on U.S. 26 on Sunday afternoon.

Daniel J. Calhon, 19 of Snohomish, Wash., was driving a 1990 Toyota Camry when he told police he decided to hold his breath while entering a tunnel, Oregon State Police told Oregon Live.

Calhon fainted, causing his vehicle to cross the center line and collide with a 2013 Ford Explorer. Both vehicles smashed into interior tunnel walls and struck a third vehicle.

Calhon and his passenger, Bradley Mayring, 19 of Edmonds, Wash., were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. They are expected to make a full recovery.

No other serious injuries were reported.

Calhon was cited for reckless driving, recklessly endangering three other people and assault.