(CNN) — Trooper William Finn, a spokesman with the Washington State Patrol, was tweeting Wednesday under the handle @wspd5pio about an accident on Vancouver\’s Interstate 205.
A car was traveling northbound when it crossed the grass median into the southbound lane, striking a pickup truck, head on.
At 2:11 p.m. PT, Finn tweeted, \”Vancouver – SB 205 @ Padden – Fatality collision. WB Padden to SB 205 is closed. Right lane SB 205 also closed in area. Use alt route!\”
About 10 minutes earlier, Caran Johnson, a local scanner aficionado and a follower of Finn\’s on Twitter, had learned about the accident. She turned to the micro-blogging site to post new details and to reach out to her community.
\”this accident sounds horrible,\” she wrote in a tweet posted at 2:01 p.m. PT under the handle @ScanCouver.
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.
— CJ (@ScanCouver) December 4, 2013
Finn was at the accident scene gathering information. Before him lay the wreckage of a 2005 silver four-door Hyundai Elantra. Inside, the driver was dead.