Darrell Ward, star of History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” died in Missoula, MT on Sunday (Aug. 28), according to KPAX Channel 8. He was one of two victims of a plane crash near Rock Creek. Ward was 52 years old.
Official confirmation of the news hit Ward’s facebook page — from a man named Bruce Lacosse — confirming the other victim of the crash was his co-pilot.
The post reads, “It’s with great sadness to 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.”
The message continues, pointing out Ward’s love of family, giving back to the community and, of course, trucking. He recently finished filming the current season of “Ice Road Truckers,” which he discovered was renewed for another season that will begin filming next winter.
Season 10 of the popular series returned to History on Aug. 4, which featured Darrell along with his partner, Lisa Kelly. Ward became very popular over the past four seasons for his fearlessness in traveling dangerous terrain. He was also well known for helping other truckers in need — even his rivals.
According to Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Dunster, an investigation is currently underway regarding the cause of the wreck.