Holding Your Breath While Driving is a Terrible Idea

MANNING, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a 19-year-old man caused a three-car crash when he fainted while holding his breath as he drove through a tunnel northwest of Portland.

According to a news release, Daniel J. Calhon, of Snohomish, Washington, told investigators he fainted Sunday afternoon while holding his breath in the Highway 26 tunnel near the community of Manning. His car, a 1990 Toyota Camry, drifted across the centerline and crashed head-on with a Ford Explorer.

Both vehicles struck the tunnel walls before a pickup hit the Camry.

Four people, including Calhon and his passenger, 19-year-old Bradley Meyring, of Edmonds, Washington, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Calhon has been cited for reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault.

Some people hold their breaths in tunnels as part of a game or superstition.

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Here is my first question, how long was this tunnel? Like I get these whole superstitious little games we play. Step on a crack and break your mothers back, I get it, nobody wants to be the one that steps on a line in the street and your moms back blows out. Nobody wants that, but sometimes if the tunnel you are going through is miles long and you don’t have the lung capacity for a hold like that it’s better off to live to fight another day.

The only way this story would have made sense is if these two were from Florida. At least then I wouldn’t really feel the need to explain why it was a dumb idea. It’s a car, they are from Florida…that’s it.

-Matt

PS- Now if we are talking about the ground being hot lava then all bets are off. I would crawl on tables in public places to accomplish my goal.

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