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Police: Driver holding breath in tunnel faints, causes crash
KATU ^ | May 26, 2014 | KATU.com Staff

Posted on 05/28/2014 3:30:55 PM PDT by Gamecock

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. Calhoon 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.

Calhoon 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.

Doctor Sarah Winslow of Adventist Health says the impact of holding your breath while trying to drive at the same time, can be unpredictable.

“I'm sure the person that did this didn't know that they were gonna pass out," Dr. Winslow said. "They probably thought 'Oh, I'll just start breating again.' It's sad that they had so much effect from playing a game.”

Calhoon was cited for assault (4th degree), reckless driving and three counts of reckless endangering.

State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said Monday he's not sure why Calhoon was holding his breath, but some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.

The tunnel, called the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel, was completed in 1940 and carries the highway through the Northern Oregon Coast Range mountains. It's 772 feet long, meaning that a car traveling at the posted speed limit of 55 mph would get through it in about 10 seconds.


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1 posted on 05/28/2014 3:30:55 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

Guy couldn’t hold his breath for 10 seconds?


2 posted on 05/28/2014 3:33:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Gamecock

Sounds like carpool tunnel syndrome.


3 posted on 05/28/2014 3:34:19 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Gamecock
“I'm sure the person that did this didn't know that they were gonna pass out," Dr. Winslow said. "They probably thought 'Oh, I'll just start breating again.'"

Depends on how much smoke you have in your lungs, dear Dr.

4 posted on 05/28/2014 3:34:40 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: umgud

groan


5 posted on 05/28/2014 3:36:45 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Gamecock

Even I can hold my breath for 10 secs LOL.


6 posted on 05/28/2014 3:37:11 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Sherman Logan

You need to exhale the pot smoke at some point, dude.


7 posted on 05/28/2014 3:42:26 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Gamecock

Darwin Award material?


8 posted on 05/28/2014 3:44:32 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: Gamecock

We used to go this when we were kids.

Hold your breath going through tunnels.

Hold up your feet going over bridges.

The driver isn’t supposed to do it.


9 posted on 05/28/2014 3:46:57 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Rodamala
You need to exhale the pot smoke at some point, dude.

Oh.

Good point.

10 posted on 05/28/2014 3:47:07 PM PDT by Ole Okie (OU)
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To: Gamecock

You don’t want to be breathing all those exhaust fumes inside the tunnel?


11 posted on 05/28/2014 3:50:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Rodamala

‘Eerre...twip, sniff, sniff. Send that down, Mkay?

When I was younger, we would hold our breath for a cemetery, not a tunnel.
Tunnels, IIRC, were a “close your eyes” situation.


12 posted on 05/28/2014 3:51:37 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The Acronym explains the science.)
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To: Sherman Logan

People are just getting dumber and dumber, now they can’t breathe and drive at the same time.


13 posted on 05/28/2014 3:53:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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Wrong. You’re supposed to honk your horn in a tunnel.


14 posted on 05/28/2014 4:14:46 PM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Gamecock

Would this be considered a “hold muh beer” moment?


15 posted on 05/28/2014 4:17:08 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: umgud

Yergud


16 posted on 05/28/2014 4:26:03 PM PDT by Salamander (It's a cult and they worship blue oysters!)
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To: Rio

Wrong.

You’re supposed to crack the throttle in a tunnel.

:)


17 posted on 05/28/2014 4:27:02 PM PDT by Salamander (It's a cult and they worship blue oysters!)
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To: ifinnegan

“Hold up your feet going over bridges.”.

Pickup our feet going over railroad tracks.


18 posted on 05/28/2014 4:27:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Gamecock

19 posted on 05/28/2014 4:30:05 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Sherman Logan

Possibly they made the game more interesting by hyperventilating first.


20 posted on 05/28/2014 4:31:24 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: servo1969

No Darwin Award. You have to die to qualify. Better luck on the next tunnel!


21 posted on 05/28/2014 4:41:10 PM PDT by RossA
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To: Gamecock

Look up the word ‘Idiot’ in the dictionary; this guy’s picture no doubt features prominently.


22 posted on 05/28/2014 4:48:45 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Gamecock

I prosecuted for 25 years and assumed I had heard it all. I was so wrong.


23 posted on 05/28/2014 4:54:25 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: umgud

LOL


24 posted on 05/28/2014 5:24:57 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

I was a Paramedic for 5 years and since have worked in numerous ERs. I learned a long time ago that I will never see everything.


25 posted on 05/28/2014 6:03:34 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: umgud

Funny...


26 posted on 05/28/2014 8:23:56 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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