Bride-to-be thrown from truck day before wedding – NewsNation Now

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PROVO, Utah (ABC4) — A day before their wedding, a Utah couple attempted to transport a king-size mattress to their new home by having the bride lie on top of it in the bed of a truck.

While traveling 50 mph on State Street in Provo, the mattress — with the bride still on it — lifted off and landed in the middle of the road.

Despite suffering significant road rash and a couple chipped teeth, the bride managed to reach the side of the road without being hit by oncoming traffic. She also still managed to walk down the aisle the next day.

Now, newlyweds Alex and Lydia Kessinger are working with the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Department of Public Safety to remind drivers that it is their responsibility to properly secure transported objects in honor of National Secure Your Load Day — celebrated on Thursday, May 6.

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

How to properly secure your load

According to DPS, securing your load is quick and easy. It only takes a few minutes and basic supplies to properly secure your items:

  • Place lighter items below heavier items to keep them in place. Securely fasten the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
  • Tie down items using rope, netting, straps, or chains. Securely fasten the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
  • Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarp or netting. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
  • Don’t overload vehicles or trailers.
  • Double-check to make sure the load is secure.
  • Ropes, straps, and netting are load-securing devices. Speed, weight, and gravity are insufficient to make your load safe.

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