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Bride-to-be trying to secure mattress falls from truck at 50 mph on day before wedding – KKCO

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (KSL) – A bride-to-be in Utah found herself getting patched up the day before her wedding after she was thrown from the bed of a truck going 50 miles per hour while trying to transport a mattress.

Her story is an important reminder to always secure a truck’s load.

Ahead of a wedding day, there can be a lot on the couple’s mind.

“We were kind of time crunched,” new husband Alex Kessinger said.

That’s because Alex and Lydia Kessinger were getting married the day after a frightening incident.

Wanting to get their new home ready by moving their king size mattress, the two hopped in the truck and decided to take back roads.

With Alex Kessinger behind the wheel, Lydia Kessinger laid on top of their mattress to keep it from flying away.

“After we took off, just a couple of seconds later, and I just remember flying out,” Lydia Kessinger remembered.

Alex Kessinger recounted what he saw in his mirror.

“I see the mattress falling down and I see my fiancé rolling down the street,” he described.

Taking a trip to the hospital to get patched up and a trip to the dentist the next day, they still tied the knot.

“I’m just happy she married me still after that!” Alex Kessinger said.

Taking a trip to the hospital to get patched up and a trip to the dentist the next day, the couple still tied the knot.

“It was perfect because if it was any warmer, I would have been in a lot of pain because it was like legit burns,” Lydia Kessinger added.

As of June 4, the Utah Department of Public Safety said there have been more than 230 unsecured load-related crashes. That’s on top of more than 25,000 calls per year for road debris the Utah Highway Patrol said they receive.

“Anywhere from I’ve seen hot tubs out on the roads. I’ve seen construction material is a common thing. I’d say one of the things we see the most is ladders out there in the highway,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Roden said. “People think, ‘This is a heavy object. It’s going to stay in the car.’ It catches that wind. It sails out there on the road.”

Six weeks later, the newlyweds were asked if they’d do anything differently.

“I wasn’t thinking. If you have something in the back of your truck and you don’t strap it down, you’re not thinking,” Alex Kessinger said. “Because if you thought you’d strap it down because it’s the easiest answer to the question, ‘Should you strap it in?’ Yes.”

Another way to add that extra layer of protection to a load is by including a net or a tarp.

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