Woman live tweets husband's crash

Last updated 20:57 05/12/2013

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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.


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

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