Oregon car crash leaves four in hospital after driver ‘tried to hold his breath while travelling through a tunnel’

The 19-year-old driver then fainted, police said, and crashed head-on into another vehicle

A 19-year-old man in the US has caused a major traffic accident that put four people in hospital after he fainted trying to hold his breath while driving through a tunnel, police said.

State police in Oregon claimed they were unaware of the children’s game which, according to certain superstitions, is said to grant the player a wish as they come out the other side.

The driver, Daniel Calhon, was passing through the tunnel on Highway 26 near the town of Manning which, at the displayed speed limit of 55 mph, should only have taken around 10 seconds.

Investigators said Mr Calhon’s 1990 Toyota Camry difted across the central reservation inside the tunnel and crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer. Both vehicles hit the wall of the tunnel before Calhon’s car was also hit by an oncoming pick-up truck.

Mr Calhon and his passenger, 19-year-old Bradley Meyring, suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital, as were the couple in their 60s, Thomas and Candace Hatch, driving the Ford.

Police said Mr Calhon admitted to playing the hold-you-breath game when he was questioned by officers after the incident.

Oregon State Police released this image of the Ford Explorer after the crash Oregon State Police released this image of the Ford Explorer after the crash The crash took place on Sunday afternoon and, according to The Oregonian, all those involved have now been discharged from hospital. Two people who were in the pick-up truck escaped unharmed.

State Police Lt Gregg Hastings told the newspaper the crash was “odd” and that investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol played any role in the incident.

He said Mr Calhon had been cited reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault in Washington County Circuit Court.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Refrigeration Engineer

£24000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: These refrigeration specialists...

Recruitment Genius: Operations Coordinator - Logistics and Supply Chain

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an operational role and...

Recruitment Genius: CNC Sheet Metal Worker / Fabricator

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working within the workshop of ...

Recruitment Genius: 1st / 2nd Line IT Support Engineer

£20000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This specialist high tech compa...

Day In a Page

On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

Weather warning

Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

High hopes for LSD

Meet the volunteer users helping to see if it cures depression and addiction
German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral