Bride Riding in Bed of Truck Flies Off Days Before Her Wedding and Now, She Cautions Others

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A day after the bride was riding in the bed of a truck and flew out, a Utah couple married and started sharing about safely securing vehicle items on the road.

On April 26th, a day before their wedding, a young couple was getting things ready and needed to move a king-size mattress to their new home. They put the mattress in the back of the truck and decided that the bride-to-be, Lydia, would lay on top of it so it wouldn’t fly out while Alex, the groom-to-be, drove the truck.

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Lydia Was Riding in the Bed of the Truck

This was not the best idea, as the couple now acknowledges. “Wasn’t really thinking,” Alex explained about the decision to have Lydia ride in the back “Just was thinking of the fastest possible way to get the mattress from A to B, which just happened to be throwing the mattress in the back and putting Lydia on top.”

“I honestly was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll sit in the back,’ like that sounds great. I’ll just hold the mattress down in the back of the truck,” Lydia says about riding in the bed of the truck.

The truck was traveling around 50 miles per hour when the mattress, with Lydia on top, launched from the back of the truck. She and the mattress landed in the middle of the road. Luckily, Lydia was able to get out of the way of oncoming traffic, or it might have been much worse.

She Was Still Able to Walk Down the Aisle

She suffered from severe road rash and went to the hospital, but she was able to walk down the aisle the next day with a few scrapes and chipped front teeth. “I remember the whole thing other than landing,” she said. “I don’t remember how I landed but I flew out just screaming and then I remember just rolling on the street.”

Alex got quite scared, “I’m looking in my rearview mirror, and I see my fiancé rolling away from me. My first thought was that she had died,” he said. But God protected Lydia, and she was able to walk away from the ordeal.

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The couple had a lovely wedding with their friends and family on April 27th and then went on a one-month honeymoon to New Zealand. They also stepped up to warn others about the dangers of not correctly securing items to vehicles.

Tie Down Your Items

National Secure Your Load Day is June 6th! According to the Utah Department of Public Safety Office, UHP troopers respond to more than 70 daily calls on road debris alone. Between 2019 and 2024, 16 fatalities were connected to unsecured load-related crashes. According to the officials, here is what you can do if you need to move objects on the road:

  • Place lighter items below heavier items to keep them in place. Securely fasten the heavy items directly to your vehicle.
  • Tie down items using rope, netting, straps or chains. Securely fasten large items directly to your vehicle.
  • Add extra protection by covering the entire load with a tarp or netting. Make sure that any covering is securely tied down.
  • Don't overload vehicles or trailers.
  • Double-check to be sure the load is secure.
  • Ropes, straps and netting are load-securing devices. Speed, weight and gravity are insufficient to make your load safe.

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In a YouTube video from Fox 13 News Utah, a man from UDOT stated, “If you decide not to tie down your cargo, you could be putting lives at risk.”

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Best wishes to the newlywed couple as they start their lives together.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” – Genesis 2:24

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