Woman live tweets husband's crash
At first, she was known only as CJ, with the Twitter name of @ScanCouver - a woman who lives in Vancouver in the state of Washington, US, and who tweets about local news and traffic incidents.
But on Wednesday, what began as a routine series of tweets by Caran Johnson about a two-vehicle crash on a local motorway turned into a heartbreaking personal tragedy that unfolded on social media, as she began to suspect one of the people involved in the accident was her husband, Craig.
Eventually, she was asking other Twitter users to send her images of the crash scene, to see if she could recognise her husband's vehicle. Hours after her first tweet mentioning a nearby accident, the truth was revealed.
#Clark911 Emergency responders are putting a Life Flight helicopter on standby for the I-205 accident.
#Clark911 One lane of I-205 is closed. WSP will likely have to block the whole interstate to allow the helicopter to land.
@Col_cops i hate that section of I205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.
They said they are so close to SWWMC, they can take the patient there, instead of Lifeflight. #clark911
Vancouver - SB 205 @ Padden - Fatality collision. WB Padden to SB 205 is closed. Right lane SB 205 also closed in area. Use alt route!
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.
and he's late.
@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
I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic
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
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?
Police investigate an accident I205 SB at Padden. Traffic is slow moving. pic.twitter.com/IsPsNGatwv
and now my kids are home from school...
He's the one I go to for things like this...
@MikeintheCouv he will answer his phone though
it's him. he died
Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts. I'll reply to everyone later tonight.
At first, some thought the drama might be a hoax. Fairfax Media has since spoken to Patty Hastings, a breaking news reporter at The Columbian, a local news media organisation, who explained that Ms Johnson was known in the community for her Twitter coverage of local news.
"A couple of people in the newsroom have met her," Hastings said, following a report they had done on local "scanner junkies".
Mr Johnson was declared dead at the scene after his Hyundai was in a head-on collision with a Toyota ute. The woman driving the ute was taken to hospital. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
Sydney Morning Herald