Traffic tweeter unknowingly reports husband’s fatal crash

twitter-scancouverUPDATE: Caran Johnson has “protected” her Twitter feed so you can no longer read her tweets.

A woman who spends her days “tweeting the crazy things that happen” in Vancouver unknowingly provided live coverage of a crash that killed her husband.

KATU.com reports Caran Johnson is well known for her tweets summarizing traffic incidents in the Vancouver area.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, who tweets under the handle @ScanCouver, began typing up short updates of a two-vehicle crash.

She tweeted “i hate that section of I-205 S. too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

A bit later: “this accident sounds horrible.”

Later that afternoon she became concerned her husband had not returned from work.

At 5:17 p.m. she wrote “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.”

Just before 6 p.m. she tweeted “how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?”

At 6:50 p.m. she told shared her grief with the world.

“it’s him. he died.”

Let’s hope Johnson was still in shock when, at 8:41 p.m., she tweeted “I know it’s petty, but I went from 567 followers to over 1300.”

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27 comments Add your comment

shalalalaquandra

December 5th, 2013
8:38 am

tweet is for losers. can I get an amen

Hidden agenda

December 5th, 2013
8:40 am

While I appreciate the irony and deep tragedy of the story you picked for your headline, I have to say that the fact that the NSA is tracking 5 billion cell phone locations a day is really the story everyone should be commenting on. This criminal organization is so beyond out of control that it makes the stories we used to hear about the Soviet Union, East Germany, and other totalitarian regimes seem tame. Where is the outrage? Where are the criminal charges? Where is the impeachment of the president who oversees these crimes and doesn’t care?

Bumper

December 5th, 2013
8:47 am

“•Conservative group wants those who use solar power to be punished”

Every time they (GOP) say/do something stupid like that they become a little less relevant.

Dark Knight

December 5th, 2013
8:59 am

Hidden agenda, where was the outrage when our privacies were being evaded during G.W. Bush’s administration. Afterall, much of this stuff started after 9/11 when the Bush Administration and many Republicans used the rationale “to make us safer” as their justification. And guess what, many of the same people crying foul now, were okay with it then…wonder why?

They have to nerve to try and charge us now to read?

December 5th, 2013
9:05 am

ylojkt

December 5th, 2013
9:15 am

You nailed it, Dark Knight, It’s a two party problem with only one solution, the people taking back the power as a united group, not split into false factions like D or R.

Loving Life

December 5th, 2013
9:19 am

Why do people do this? I am still pondering the “why” part of it. Do people think they are that important? I understand facebook with friends and relatives being main contact for pics and the such, just can grip Twitter. I do know why a company would use it for marketing and publicity, but for someone to let everyone know things like….” going to sleep now” or “baking cookies”…come on people -get a life!….

Joe

December 5th, 2013
9:25 am

Amen, brother shalalalaquandra

Brace4impactz

December 5th, 2013
9:33 am

@Hidden Agenda…I can remember being called un-American when I protested the Patriot Act. Now you’re upset? Where were you when it counted?

aziolko

December 5th, 2013
9:34 am

Do people think the world really wants to know their every thought? Self-appointed authors of life.

atldawg27

December 5th, 2013
9:36 am

Wow, 567 followers!!!! Looks like all of Vancouver was relying on her for traffic updates.

Speechlesss

December 5th, 2013
10:05 am

For once in my life I’m speechless. I think she may still have been in shock her husband was killed. Wow…that’s all I can say is Wow…

Bernie31

December 5th, 2013
10:12 am

Tweets are self absorbed Thoughts shared with those who want to know such nonsense.

Maude

December 5th, 2013
10:48 am

I don’t understand how people can tweet so much or stay on Facebook all the time do they not have a life?? How could this lady tweet anything when she just found out her loved one was dead?? It sounds like Tweeter is more important to her than her husband.

Fred

December 5th, 2013
10:57 am

Wow Hidden Agenda, FOXBOT much/ Really? So the NSA is tracking 5 BILLION phone calls a day?

So who reads them all? You? Obama? Obama’s dead mom?

I’ll tell you what, start counting right now and when you get to 5 billion let me know……. oh wait, you can’t, we’ll both be dead.

So many jack asses, so little time…….. talk radio FOXBOTS. What are you gonna do with them?

Fred

December 5th, 2013
10:59 am

Brace4impactz

December 5th, 2013
9:33 am

@Hidden Agenda…I can remember being called un-American when I protested the Patriot Act. Now you’re upset? Where were you when it counted?

Cowering in the closet with his head up his ass lol.

Hidden agenda

December 5th, 2013
12:58 pm

I was out screaming about the Patriot Act too. I was out working to get Ron Paul elected (one of the few republicans who openly opposed the Act), and I have been working actively for liberty (including running for office in 1994) since I was old enough to vote. Other than Ron Paul, that has meant supporting candidates from parties OTHER than the two major parties that are destroying our freedoms and our liberties.

The two-party mentality is such a horrible plague on this nation. When one opposes a democrat the immediate reaction is “where were you when the republican was doing the same thing” and visa versa. Plenty of us who hate Obama protested in the streets against Bush and his failed wars of choice too.

That the other guy did it, or started it, or whatever is NO EXCUSE for it going on now.

Hidden agenda

December 5th, 2013
1:03 pm

Hey Fred – do you even know how to read?? My comment was regarding the second article George linked too. Maybe if you weren’t so busy throwing out names that make you feel superior you would bother to read the story about the horrors your government is up to around the world and here at home. Sorry, I forgot, facts mean nothing anymore now that a democrat is in the White House.

Hidden agenda

December 5th, 2013
1:09 pm

For all of you want to know what I am doing every minute to advance liberty, maybe you can send me your email addresses so I can keep you all personally informed. LOL

The fact that you were ignorant of the activities of others or are now hurt that your emperor is being criticized is your failing, not a failing of those who have been actively working for liberty. Sorry a resume is required before any postings get credibility with you guys. I know what I have done, I have the election certification from the state to prove at least one thing, the cancelled checks to know a bunch of others, copies of all the letters, newspaper articles and photos to know most of the rest and my own and others’ memories to round it all out.

SillyU

December 5th, 2013
1:13 pm

@Hiddenagenda isn’t that ‘blame everything on the Democrats” argument getting old yet?

KOOL

December 5th, 2013
1:34 pm

Truth never goes out of style, therefore, blaming democrats doesn’t get old… liberalism pollutes, perverts and corrupts everything it touches.

Gregory

December 5th, 2013
2:01 pm

In case you missed my tweet this morning, I had those bran muffins and everything came out all right. Check my FB post for pics!!

Patrick

December 5th, 2013
2:34 pm

Twitter is getting almost as bad as Facebook. Let’s hope it soon dies a slow death like is happening to Facebook. Some people don’t even have a life outside of this crap!

Hidden agenda

December 5th, 2013
3:11 pm

I wouldn’t know. I thought I slammed both parties equally. When someone slams me for not slamming Bush and his actions I generally assume they are a democrat but that is probably not always a correct assumption.

SKreWoBummAh

December 5th, 2013
3:11 pm

gotta love all the obama goons still trying to point blame instead of owning up to failure! If you goons are gonna keep blaming people from 8 years ago you might as well blame George Washington for fighting for freedom for a land which eventually became the USA, a country all you libtards and obama goobersmoochers seem to hate. solution? Pack and move away from the USA

say what?

December 5th, 2013
3:33 pm

The name calling misses the fact that $900 Million in public assistance is being used by employees of banks who have trillions in profit and wealth. Yeah keep poking the eye of those closer to you than the .5% wealthiest. You are ruining yourself, your community, your country, your world just as alQuaida planned.

ProudACLU

December 5th, 2013
5:26 pm

For those on the right with Severe ODS – please get help (Mental Health is now available in the ACA)