Luckiest hit-and-run victim ever is saved by flying mattress

The laws of physics have a sense of humor.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Mar 19, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 2:55 pm CDT

The victim of a hair-raising hit-and-run accident enjoyed an unusually soft landing after his bike was clipped by a speeding pickup truck, thanks to that reckless driver’s loose cargo.

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In fact, the mattress that comes flying out of the truck bed (sometimes these things just write themselves) may be what knocked the man’s bike out from underneath him in the first place. Either way, it slides to the rescue, cushioning his fall and providing a relaxing spot for his dazed recovery.

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We expect U.S. cyclists to start lobbying for bike-lane padding shortly.

Photo by Greg Whalin/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2014, 3:14 pm CDT