Newly released body camera video in e-cig explosion sheds light on what happened

Posted at 9:28 PM, May 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 01:50:36-04

Newly released documents, including body camera video and 911 calls, sheds new light on a terrifying electronic cigarette explosion last month in Tempe.

DISPATCHER: ”911, what is your emergency?”

WITNESS: ”Yes we have an emergency, a girl was just run over by a truck.”

911 calls started pouring into Tempe Police on April 11. Witnesses began describing how they watched a woman jump out of her moving truck.

"She is bleeding, she got ran over by her car, she is bleeding on her leg," a 911 caller said.
Records show, Melissa Madsen, 20, was run over by her rear tire. The truck then crashed into a nearby tree.

Body camera video shows officers went to the hospital with the victim to figure out what happened.

"I was driving and then all of a sudden, it was like a firecracker right in my lap and I was like oh my God," Madsen told officers from her hospital bed.

Madsen went on to describe that the e-cigarette exploded and went up in flames as she drove.

OFFICER: "So it was sitting between your legs, or sitting on your lap? 

MELISSA: "Yeah like it always does. That's where I always kept it."

MELISSA: "I let it fall on the floor [after the initial explosion] or whatever. But then my feet felt like they were going to blow up, so I just opened up the door and I just jumped out."

Madsen suffered severe burns and pelvic fractures from her accident.