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

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.

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