Man holding down mattress in back of truck goes airborne with it - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Man holding down mattress in back of truck goes airborne with it

A man was holding this box spring and a mattress down in the back of a pickup truck Thursday when the mattress went airborne, taking him with it. A man was holding this box spring and a mattress down in the back of a pickup truck Thursday when the mattress went airborne, taking him with it.
The man injured from flying off the back of a truck is recovering in University Health from possible road burn and fractures. The man injured from flying off the back of a truck is recovering in University Health from possible road burn and fractures.
First responders tend to the man who flew out of the back of a truck with the mattress he was holding down. First responders tend to the man who flew out of the back of a truck with the mattress he was holding down.
This mattress caused a traffic delay in Shreveport today when it flew off in traffic on I-49. This mattress caused a traffic delay in Shreveport today when it flew off in traffic on I-49.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A man is recovering in a Shreveport hospital after flying out of the back of a pickup truck with the mattress he was trying to hold down.

Police say around 12:30 p.m. Thursday a man was riding in the back of pickup truck on top of a mattress and box spring on I-49 southbound near Kings Highway . The mattress went airborne, and the man flew out of the truck with it. He landed in the highway and rolled into a concrete barrier wall on the shoulder.

The man was trying to hold the mattress and box spring down because they were not tied down.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was taken to University Health with non-life-threatening injuries. Police believe he sustained road rash and a possible fracture or two.

Officers are still investigating this incident, and it is not yet known if citations will be issued.

This incident slowed traffic, but all lanes of I-49 have been reopened.

Police remind residents that items in the back of a truck should be properly secured. Officers also pointed out that a human being isn't going to be able to hold down a mattress if it goes airborne.

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