Darrell Ward of ‘Ice Road Truckers’ dead at 52

Darrell Ward / Photo Courtesy: Darrell Ward Facebook

MISSOULA, Mo., Aug. 30, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The star of “Ice Road Truckers,” Darrell Ward, died Sunday in a plane crash, he was 52.

The post on his Facebook page read:

“It’s with great sadness we report we have lost our Montana Legend at the young age of 52.

“Darrell Ward had just left The Great American Truck Show in Dallas, Texas where he enjoyed meeting numerous fans and friends and was heading to Missoula to begin filming a pilot for his new documentary style show involving the recovery of plane wrecks when he and his co-pilot crashed and lost their lives.

“An investigation is ongoing and more information will be made available at a later time as the National Transportation Safety Board will be handling they investigation.

“The things Darrell loved most were his family including his kids and grand-kids & trucking.”

Darrell Ward rose to fame with his role on the History Channel’s reality show, “Ice Road Truckers.” Darrell finished filming Season 10 earlier this year for the show, and had just learned that he had a green light this past weekend for an additional season on the show,  originally slated to begin filming in the winter of 2017.

When Darrell wasn’t hitting the Ice Roads he would be back in Montana working as a log hauler and occasionally helped local authorities fight forest fires.

Trucking has always been a large part of Darrell’s life; from running the harvest rigs with his grandparents and family, to driving trucks from Montana to Alaska and all roads in between. In his free time, you could usually find Darrell giving back to the community any chance he got, he had promoted the most recent food drive to help victims in the Louisiana Floods and was scheduled to appear as the grand marshal for the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.

In his free time, Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dirt bike riding and all things outdoors.


  1. Thank you so much for the article on “ICE ROAD TRUCKER” Darrell Ward. Most of all the fans were so shocked and saddened when we saw the news on the television about his passing. We were all so upset because we didn’t know what had happened and we were so sad about losing him on the show. None of us think the show will be the same without him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We wish them all well at this troubled time in their lives!


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