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A bride-to-be from Utah was left seriously injured and bruised when she was thrown from the back of a truck traveling at 50 mph while trying to hold on to a mattress she was transporting.

Lydia Kessinger suffered a broken tooth, severe bruising and abrasions on her arms in the incident on April 26.

She and her now husband, Alex, were attempting to move a king-size mattress that Lydia was lying on when it was lifted while driving down State Street in Provo.

Lydia was thrown onto the road, but miraculously managed to get up again and avoid oncoming traffic.

“I remember screaming, flying through the air and rolling on the asphalt,” Lydia wrote in a post on Instagram.

A Utah bride-to-be was battered and injured after being thrown from the back of a truck traveling at 50 mph while trying to hold onto a mattress she was transporting
Lydia and her now husband Alex were attempting to move a king-size mattress that Lydia was lying on when they were driving down State Street in Provo and the mattress lifted.
“I remember screaming, flying through the air and rolling on the asphalt,” Lydia wrote in a post on Instagram

“I remember Alex running after me after he stopped the car. He was kneeling next to me. I remember feeling my teeth with my tongue and thinking something was wrong.

“I looked at Alex and said, ‘Are my teeth okay?’ His expression was distressed and I just knew I was missing my front teeth.

“I started crying because we were getting married the next day and my teeth were gone.”

The bride still managed to walk down the aisle – albeit wrapped in bandages and with a scraped face.

“I just knew I would find a dentist to fix it in time for my wedding, and if not, we were getting married anyway,” Lydia added.

“Alex looked at me with such concern and love. I could feel his fear and anger and self-hatred for what had happened, but I don’t blame him in the slightest.”

Lydia was unable to bathe herself, so her mother had to come over and help her on the morning of the wedding while others brushed her teeth and bandaged her burns.

“It was such a surreal experience. The whole day and the next day (our wedding) felt like a movie,” Lydia said.

Lydia urgently needed a dental correction as her wedding was the next day
The couple urges drivers to ensure their loads are properly secured during transport.

The couple is now calling on drivers to properly secure their loads during transport.

The Utah Department of Transportation has reiterated some guidelines regarding the transport of items.

It is recommended to place lighter objects under heavier ones and to secure the load with ropes or straps.

Heavy objects should be attached directly to the vehicle and the vehicle must not be overloaded.

Drivers are encouraged to provide additional protection with tarpaulins or nets and to always double-check the fastenings.

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