Bride-to-Be Thrown from Truck at 50 mph on Day Before Wedding – PEOPLE

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A bride-to-be almost didn’t make it down the aisle after being thrown from a truck traveling at 50 mph the day before her wedding.

Lydia Kessinger and her now-husband Alex were attempting to transport a king-size mattress to their new home by having Lydia lie on top of it in the truck bed to keep it from flying away when the incident happened. 

According to a news release from the Utah Department of Transportation, the mattress lifted off the truck with Lydia still on it and landed in the middle of the road on State Street in Provo. 

“Despite suffering significant road rash, she managed to reach the side of the road without being hit by oncoming traffic,” the release added. 

Per local media outlet FOX 13, Lydia was left “banged-up, scraped and bruised” from the incident, which occurred on April 26, and also had her two front teeth knocked out.

However, the bride still made it to her wedding the very next day.

In photos shared on Lydia’s Instagram from the couple’s big day, the bride can be seen wearing bandages on her arm and wrist and sporting cuts on her face. 

“The whole entire day was a fairytale. It was magic. Just so perfect in every way,” she captioned a selection of snaps from the “luncheon/dance party.”

“And by some miracle, the second I got to the venue, my burns didn’t hurt the rest of the day!” she added.

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Lydia Kessinger and her husband Alex.

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Speaking to FOX 13, Lydia’s husband Alex said the pair “wasn’t really thinking” when they came up with the idea of how to transport the mattress. 

“Just was thinking of the fastest possible way to get the mattress from A to B, which just happened to be throwing the mattress in the back and putting Lydia on top,” he said. 

“I honestly was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll sit in the back,’ like that sounds great. I’ll just hold the mattress down in the back of the truck,” Lydia continued to the outlet.

“I remember the whole thing other than landing,” she recalled. “I don’t remember how I landed but I flew out just screaming and then I remember just rolling on the street.”

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“I’m looking in my rearview mirror and I see my fiancé rolling away from me, my first thought was that she had died,” said Alex. “A lot of people were able to overlook the stupidity and really come and support both of us in the time that we needed it.”

The Kessingers shared their story as part of National Secure Your Load Day on June 6. 

“Items not properly secured can fall out and collide with other vehicles or pedestrians, causing serious injuries or fatalities,” the UDOT news release added. “These road hazards are often very difficult for drivers to avoid safely.”

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