Teen driver holding breath in tunnel crashes

Teen driver holding breath in tunnel crashes

Credit: Oregon State Police

Teen driver holding breath in tunnel crashes

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 27 at 10:37 AM

MANNING, Ore. – A Washington teen who held his breath while driving through a tunnel passed out at the wheel and hit an SUV head-on, Oregon State Police said.

On Sunday, at around 4:45 p.m. a westbound Toyota Camry driven by Daniel J. Calhoon, 19, of Edmond Wash., entered a tunnel west of Manning Ore. on Highway 26.

Calhoon said he held his breath while in the tunnel, which caused him passed out, according to OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Calhoon’s vehicle then crossed the center line and hit an eastbound Ford Explorer head-on. The Camry and the SUV crashed into the interior tunnel walls and Calhoon’s vehicle then hit a GMC pickup truck, Hastings said.

Calhoon and a passenger, Bradley Weyring, 19, were taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. The occupants of the Ford Explorer, Thomas Hatch Jr. , 67, and Candace Hatch, 61, of Astoria, were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland.

All four were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the pickup truck were not injured.

"Playing games while driving that are distracting can have tragic consequences and legal ramifications," said Hastings."The tunnel is over 750 feet long and has little room for driving error."

Calhoon was cited for reckless driving, reckless endangerment and assault, according to Hastings.

The tunnel was closed for about two hours, police said.

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