Officials are urging people to secure loads after the woman was injured while trying to hold onto the mattress

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials are warning people to secure their loads before driving, telling the story of a woman who was injured trying to hold onto a mattress in the back of a truck.

The day before their wedding, Alex and Lydia Kessinger tried to transport a king-size mattress to their new home. To keep the mattress from flying off while traveling, Lydia placed Kessinger on top of the mattress in the truck bed.

However, as they drove along State Street in Provo at 50 miles per hour, the mattress, with Lydia Kessinger still on top of it, flew out of the bed of the truck and landed in the middle of the road. Lydia Kessinger was able to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic and made it to the side of the road, despite suffering severe road rash during her fall.

June 6 is National Secure Your Load Day and the Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Department of Public Safety are urging drivers to secure all items they transport.

“Items that are not properly secured can fall out and collide with other vehicles or pedestrians, causing serious injury or fatalities. These road hazards are often very difficult for motorists to safely avoid,” said a press release from the two organizations.

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