Caran Johnson, a resident of Washington State known by her Twitter handle @ScanCouve, often live tweets traffic updates that she hears on her police scanner.
Last week, this unknowingly live tweeted her own husband's death on I-205.
Her husband, 47-year-old Craig Johnson, died after his vehicle inexplicably crossed from the northbound lanes into southbound I-205 and hit a pick-up truck.
He passed away before help arrived, but there was a gap between when his wife knew there had been an accident and finding out who was involved.
Amazingly, and tragically, it all played out on Twitter in real time:
- #Clark911 #pdxtraffic Sounds like this is a two-car accident on I-205. One of the cars rolled.
- #Clark911 #pdxtraffic WSP dispatch tells me there are three vehicles involved, two people trapped. A Life Flight helicopter is en route
- #Clark911 One lane of I-205 is closed. WSP will likely have to block the whole interstate to allow the helicopter to land.
- 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.
- 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 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?
- it's him. he died
- my boys are finally asleep. I feel like a block of cement fell on me.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Caran and her two children.