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December 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Vancouver, Wash., woman live tweets about fatal crash, learns it’s her husband

A Vancouver, Wash., woman who posts traffic news on her Twitter account was live tweeting about a car crash early Wednesday afternoon, only to learn later that it was her husband who died in the accident.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Craig Johnson, 47, crossed a grassy median as he entered the southbound I-205 lanes near Padden Parkway in his Hyundai Elantra.

He struck a Toyota pickup driven by a 54-year-old woman from Tacoma, who suffered a broken femur, collapsed lung and broken pelvis, said the State Patrol.

The live tweets from Caran Johnson, CJ @ScanCouver, began, “this accident sounds horrible.”

They grew progressively more frantic, in tweets captured by KGWNews in Portland.

“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”

Then:

“and he’s late.”

“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’m a basketcase”

“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”

“how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?”

“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?”

“and now my kids are home from school…”

“it’s him. he died”

Then:

“Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts. I’ll reply to everyone later tonight”

And, finally at 10:30 Wednesday night:

“my boys are finally asleep. I feel like a block of cement fell on me.”

The Hyundai Elantra that was driven by Craig Johnson (Washington State Patrol)

The Hyundai Elantra that was driven by Craig Johnson (Washington State Patrol)

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