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Wreck near Manning hospitalizes four

Man cited after holding his breath in tunnel, fainting


by: COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - A 1990 Toyota Camry driven by Washington resident Daniel Calhoon was damaged in a three-car collision on Highway 26 west of Manning on Sunday.Four people received non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon during a three-vehicle collision in a tunnel on Highway 26 west of Manning. One of the drivers involved faces charges following an investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP).

A 1990 Toyota Camry driven by Daniel J. Calhoon, 19, of Snohomish, Wash., was traveling westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 40 entering a tunnel around 4:45 p.m. May 25.

Calhoon told police he held his breath as he drove into the tunnel and fainted, causing his car to cross the center line. The Toyota collided head-on with an eastbound 2013 Ford Explorer.

Both vehicles then collided into the interior tunnel walls before a third vehicle, a 1999 GMC pickup, collided with the Toyota Camry.

Calhoon and passenger Bradley Meyring, 19, of Edmonds, Wash., were transported by ground ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The Ford Explorer’s driver, Thomas Hatch Jr., 67, and passenger Candace Hatch, 61, from Astoria, were transported by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The occupants of the pickup were not injured. Calhoon was cited for reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person (three counts) and fourth-degree assault.

OSP Trooper Will Brindza is the lead investigator. The tunnel was closed for approximately two hours. OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation crews, Banks Fire Department crews and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.



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