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Washington State Woman Unknowingly Live-Tweets Her Husband’s Death

“It’s him. He died.” A woman who monitors traffic information live-tweeted a fatal accident Wednesday that, unbeknownst to her at the time, involved her own husband.

Washington State Patrol

Caran Johnson, a Washington state woman who monitors traffic information, live-tweeted a fatal accident Wednesday that, unbeknownst to her at the time, involved her own husband.

Johnson, who uses the handle @scancouver, began tweeting about a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 205 near the Oregon–Washington state line around 2 p.m. As the day wore on, she started to worry why her husband was late coming home and noted he drives the same interstate where the accident occurred.

She tried to learn more about the accident by asking for details about what the vehicles involved looked like. Support started pouring out from her followers, and she thanked them for their concern.

Two hours after she began live-tweeting the accident, she learned the heartbreaking news: “It’s him. He died,” she tweeted.

Craig R. Johnson, 47, was killed when his car crossed the median and collided with a pickup truck, police confirmed. The truck driver was seriously injured, but survived the accident.


Columbian Metrodesk

@Col_cops

#Clark911 One lane of I-205 is closed. WSP will likely have to block the whole interstate to allow the helicopter to land.

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CJ

@ScanCouver

@troyglidden @Col_cops this accident sounds horrible.

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Columbian Metrodesk

@Col_cops

#Clark911 #pdxtraffic One confirmed fatality in I-205 accident says @wspd5pio

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@Col_cops i hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

@Col_cops i hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.

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I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he's not answering his phone.

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

I’m trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he’s not answering his phone.

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@KF7PSC well he uses his bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. he also wasn't feeling good so his work was concerned when he left

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

@KF7PSC well he uses his bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. he also wasn’t feeling good so his work was concerned when he left

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i'm a basketcase

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

i’m a basketcase

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I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic

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@JKCline86 @troyglidden thank you. i'm freaking out now

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

@JKCline86 @troyglidden thank you. i’m freaking out now

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what do i do now? he might have pulled over because he was feeling faint and then passed out or had a seizure. he has epilepsy

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

what do i do now? he might have pulled over because he was feeling faint and then passed out or had a seizure. he has epilepsy

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how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?

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i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?

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it's him. he died

— CJ (@ScanCouver)

CJ

@ScanCouver

it’s him. he died

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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