Darell Ward made his “Ice Road Truckers” debut in Season 6 in 2012. He was already an experienced trucker before joining the show with 30 years on the road, but most of his driving was done in much friendlier environments than the treacherous ice roads of Alaska. Given his experience, though, he seemed unfazed about the new challenge. As he was introduced to the show in his very first appearance, heabout his longest-ever haul: 2,200 miles in one sitting.
Ward recalled his longest-ever journey in the introductory segment: “I drove straight down to Marysville, Kansas, turned around, and drove straight back to Montana.” Making a round-trip of that length in one sitting is a superhuman achievement, one that definitely qualified him for the job of an ice road trucker despite not having much experience in that department prior to joining the series. Unsurprisingly, he developed a knack for the thrill of driving on icy roads and even started his own hauling company called Polar Industry along with co-star Lisa Kelly, another fan favorite.
Sadly, in 2016 Darell Ward died in a plane crash near Missoula, Montana (via). He was piloting the single-engine aircraft with a co-pilot, who was also killed in the crash. In a case of tragic irony, Deadline reported he was on his way to filming the first episode of another documentary show about plane wreck recoveries.