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Woman Live-Tweets Husband's Car Crash Death
A Canadian woman has inadvertently live-tweeted her husband's death after writing about a car crash on Twitter.
Caran Johnson's string of posts started within minutes of the accident on Interstate 205 near Vancouver, British Colombia.
"I hate that section of I205 S. Too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes," she wrote, using the Twitter handle @scancouver.
Moments later, she added: "This accident sounds horrible."
After emergency workers confirmed someone had died in the crash, Mrs Johnson began worrying about her husband Craig when he failed to return home from work.
"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," she said.
"He uses his Bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. He also wasn't feeling good so his work was concerned when he left," she wrote in a later post.
She then tweeted a Washington State Patrol officer, asking for descriptions of the vehicles involved.
After waiting to call the police, she sent another message, saying: "I just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back."
Within an hour, she tweeted: "It's him. He died."
Later that evening, after her children had fallen asleep, Mrs Johnson wrote: "I feel like a block of cement fell on me."
"Tomorrow I'll have family over," she added. "Tomorrow will be hard. I'll hear from the medical examiner."
Mrs Johnson continued to tweet after her husband's death, at one point writing: "I know it's petty, but I went from 567 followers to over 1,300. #inshock."
She had more than 3,000 followers by the next morning, as fellow internet users set up a fundraising page to raise $10,000 for her and her family.
Local television station KPTV quoted police as saying Mr Johnson's vehicle crossed the central reservation and hit a pick-up truck heading in the opposite direction.
Officers are yet to confirm what caused the crash, it reported.