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Bride-to-be laying down to secure mattress thrown from truck at 50 mph on day before wedding

Couple shares their story on national Secure Your Load Day

A day before their wedding, Alex and Lydia Kessinger attempted to transport a king-size mattress to their new home by having Lydia lie on top of it in the truck bed to prevent it from flying away. While traveling 50 mph on State Street in Provo, the mattress, with Lydia still on it, lifted off and landed in the middle of the road. Despite suffering significant road rash, she managed to reach the side of the road without being hit by oncoming traffic.

June 6 is national Secure Your Load Day, and the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) are reminding drivers that it is their responsibility to properly secure transported objects.

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

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