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Community mourns the loss of Henefer woman in icy I-84 crash

Article Date: 
4 April, 2014 (All day)

Brooklynd Preator, 21, left her hometown of Henefer on her way to work as a teller at the Morgan Goldenwest Credit Union branch.  She had been working there since August, and called a coworker to tell her she would be late to work the morning of March 28 because she had been involved in an icy accident on Interstate 84 near Taggart’s.  
After crashing in the center median, Preator exited her pickup truck about 8:18 a.m. to assist another motorist involved in the accident.  A semitrailer truck hit the same spot left icy by a spring snowstorm and freezing overnight temperatures, crashing into Preator.
Preator died at the scene of the accident, which involved 11 cars and three semitrailers.  Two other people were seriously injured and taken to area hospitals.  The Utah Highway Patrol closed I-84 at mile post 111 for almost eight hours to clear the wreckage.
Back at work, Preator’s coworkers say they will miss her infectious smile.  Preator was an aspiring cake decorator, and a portion of a cake she had made for a coworker still remains in the fridge at Goldenwest. 
An account in Preator’s name has been set up at Goldenwest Credit Union to help her family with expenses.  You can contribute to the fund at any branch.  Pattie Jones, coworker at the credit union said, “Everyone who knew her, or came in contact with her loved her.  We just can’t believe how kind everyone has been.” First Bank employees immediately came over to contribute to Preator’s account and convey their condolences. “You spend more time with your coworkers sometimes than your family, we all just adored Brooklynd,” continued Jones.
“Brooklynd was well-loved by both her co-workers and the members who frequented the Goldenwest branch in Morgan,” according to a Goldenwest press release.  “Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with Brooklynd’s family and friends.” 
Preator grew up in Henefer and graduated from North Summit High School and seminary in 2010.  She had studied American Sign Language at the DATC.  She loved her family and spent a lot of time with them.
It is not unusual for such accidents to occur on that stretch of I-84, said Terry Turner, Morgan County Emergency Services Director.  Few people realize that portion of the interstate really is a long bridge susceptible to icy, freezing conditions.