An Australian rider is lucky to have escaped serious injury after hitting a mattress that had flown off the back of a trailer.

Aaron Wood of Ipswich, Australia, was riding his Honda CBR through a tunnel behind a truck when the untied mattress flew out of its trailer directly towards him. Wood hit the mattress square on at about 50 mph and, miraculously, the bike stayed upright with the mattress rolling under the front wheel before wedging itself against the fairing. The mattress eventually brought Wood to a halt, bucking him up into the air. Wood landed on his feet on the mattress, which is about as good a result as one could hope for.

Speaking with the Queensland Times, Wood says he was unscathed except from some cuts to his hands. Wood held the on so tightly he had ripped the grips from the handlebars.

“The mattress went under the bike and flipped me up onto my front wheel for about 50m,” Wood told QT. “I was lucky that the bloke behind me had time to stop and help.”

Ipswich police are reviewing the footage to try and identify the driver of the truck.

  • john burns

    They have mattresses in Australia?!

    i vote Sharia law for people who drive around with unsecured loads on public roads.


    Something like this happened to me on the Toll road coming out of Newport riding up the hill to Laguna. It was a desk and some shelving not a mattress. It taught me a valuable lesson about safe following distances. And the best way to clean soiled underwear. I was able to steer around it. Barely.

  • Starmag

    Self-centered thoughtless movers. Steer very clear unless you like the taste of pavement. If fines for this aren’t huge already, they should be.

  • Buzz

    I don’t go near anyone with crap in the back of a truck. I’ve seen too much stuff fly out.

    One day I saw a flat bed truck with a stack of pallets on it. They were probably 25 high. I got as far away as possible and passed. Some dork was riding directly behind the truck oblivious to his potential fate.