The bride-to-be flies off the truck the day before the wedding while holding down the mattress

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Utah couple Alex and Lydia Kessinger’s wedding didn’t turn out exactly as they dreamed, but it was certainly memorable, and isn’t that all anyone can ask for?

On April 26, just a day before their wedding, the couple transported a king-size mattress to their new home. But the process they chose wasn’t too smart.

“I wasn’t really thinking,” Alex explained. “I was just thinking of the fastest way to get the mattress from A to B and I happened to throw the mattress in the back and put Lydia on top.”

To prevent the mattress from flying off the truck, it was decided that Lydia would lie on top of it while they drove at about 50 miles per hour.

“I honestly thought, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to sit in the back,’ that sounds great. I’m just holding down the mattress in the back of the truck,” Lydia said.

The inevitable finally happened when the mattress came forward from behind with Lydia on top. Both the mattress and the bride-to-be ended up in the middle of the road, with Lydia able to get out of the way of oncoming traffic despite being seriously injured.

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“I remember everything except the landing,” Lydia recalled. “I don’t remember how I landed, but I flew out screaming and then I remembered I was just rolling down the street.”

“I look in my rearview mirror and see my fiancée rolling away from me. My first thought was that she had died,” Alex added.

Even though she was battered, scraped and bruised and had her two front teeth knocked out, Lydia was still able to attend the wedding the next day.

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While the couple certainly has a memorable story to share with family and friends, they are stepping forward to warn others about properly and safely securing items in vehicles.

“A lot of people were able to overlook the stupidity and came to support both of us when we needed it,” Alex said.

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Kessinger family

Since Thursday was National Secure Your Load Day, the Utah Department of Public Safety and Highway Safety Office is offering some sobering statistics showing that UHP troops respond to more than 70 calls a day about road debris alone.

During the five-year period between 2019 and 2024, the state saw 16 fatalities due to unsecured cargo-related accidents.

Officials say drivers moving objects on the road should do the following:

  • Place lighter objects under heavier objects to keep them in place. Securely attach the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
  • Secure objects with rope, nets, straps or chains. Securely attach large items directly to your vehicle.
  • Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarpaulin or net. Make sure any covering is securely attached.
  • Do not overload vehicles or trailers.
  • Double check that the load is properly secured.
  • Ropes, straps and nets are means of securing the load. Speed, weight and gravity are insufficient to make your load safe.

This story was originally published by Chris Arnold on Scripps News Salt Lake City.