A 19-year-old in Portland, Ore. caused a three-car crash when he fainted while driving through a tunnel. He was trying to hold his breath, he told investigators.
The Associated Press reports that Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Wash., was driving through the Highway 26 tunnel in Portland on Sunday afternoon in his 1990 Toyota Camry. He crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer after his car drifted across the centerline. Both cars struck the walls of the tunnel and a third vehicle, a pickup, crashed into the Camry.
The collision began when Calhon lost consciousness after holding his breath in the tunnel for unknown reasons. He was driving with one passenger, another 19-year-old. They both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The two people in the Explorer, a couple in their 60s, also suffered injuries. All four were taken to the hospital. The passengers in the pickup were unharmed.
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Holding one’s breath while driving through a tunnel is sometimes done as a superstition or game. Whatever the reason, the consequences are grave: Calhon has been cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault.
State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings told the Oregonian newspaper that neither alcohol nor drugs are thought to have been involved.
"It is odd," he concluded.
Sources: Yahoo News