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.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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