(NEWSER) – Beneath Caran Johnson's Twitter handle sits this now-eerie description: "Tweeting the crazy things that happen in the 'Couve." The Vancouver, Washington-area resident tweets as @ScanCouver, an account that KATUreports she uses in part to cover traffic alerts and 911 calls in the area. Yesterday afternoon started out no different, with Johnson retweeting a local paper's tweets about an accident on I-205. When the Columbian tweeted that a fatality was confirmed, the mother of two replied "omg that is so horrible!!!" then went on to admonish two cars that "went around officer blocking onramp to I205S. lame-o's!" (The Columbian reports that Johnson often listened in on emergency scanner traffic using a computer app, and had been listening to scanners since college.)
But minutes later, her tweets turned highly personal and incredibly painful.