A Washington State woman who monitors police scanners live-tweeted a fatal car wreck Wednesday, growing increasingly frantic as she began to suspect that the victim was her own husband.
Caran Johnson, who live-tweets police activity in Vancouver, Wash., under the Twitter handle @ScanCouver, began following the accident on Interstate 205 near the Oregon state line about 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET):
Very quickly, she began to fear the worst:
Concern and sympathy began pouring in from Johnson's followers as she stayed with the increasingly traumatic story:
Less than two hours after she started, Johnson reported that the victim was, indeed, her husband, tweeting simply: "it's him. he died."
The Washington State Patrol and Vancouver police confirmed that Craig R. Johnson, 47, was killed about 1:40 p.m. when his Hyundai Elantra crossed the median and collided with a pickup truck. The truck driver survived but was seriously injured.
Investigators said they didn't yet know what caused the accident, but Johnson tweeted that her husband had epilepsy and that he had told her he was feeling faint. You can read her entire report, which was archived on Storify by NBC station KGW of Portland:
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First published December 4 2013, 7:38 PM