In 2012, Ice Road Truckers inspired Brett Colley, a former British Army soldier, to get a job with a North American trucking company. “Brett loved the outdoors and adventure and he was hooked on the TV show ‘Ice Road Truckers’ when it first came out in the UK,” said Colley’s sister Alex Fidoe (via Daily Telegraph).
According to Fidoe, Colley first applied for the show himself, but after producers turned him down, he landed a long-haul job with Canadian company H&R Transport, which operates routes along Canada’s winter roads. After about a year of driving through the desert regions of the USA, H&R put him on the Alaska Highway. Colley was an experienced driver and H&R Transport hired him specifically because his CV included time driving large trucks for the 39th Regiment Royal Artillery.
Still, trucking on ice roads remains a uniquely dangerous job, even for the most experienced drivers. In November 2012, while driving through Canada’s remote Pink Mountain region, Colley lost control and went off the road, down an embankment. Brett Colley, who was 45, died. Miraculously, his passenger survived. In 2014, a British coroner admitted he was stunned by his findings about Colley’s death, and that, as best he could tell, Colley’s death was the result of an unusual accident (via Kidderminster Shuttle).
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