Ice road trucking show to begin June 17 on The History Channel
NEW YORK — Beginning June 17, The History Channel will tell the story of the virtually unknown occupation of ice road trucking, considered one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, according to a news release from The History Channel.
“Ice Road Truckers” charts two months in the lives of six extraordinary men who haul vital supplies to diamond mines over frozen lakes that double as roads. The livelihood of many depends on these tenuous roads, which through the years have been responsible for the deaths of dozens of men, the news release stated.
With one hand on the wheel and one on the door at all times, always prepared for the ice to give way under the weight of their trucks, these drivers put their lives and financial security of their families on the line in an exhilarating dash for cash. The new prime time series begins Sunday, June 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
According to the news release, the desolate white landscape stretches as far as the eye can see in a world where the land meets the sky at an invisible horizon, just miles from the Arctic Circle. The fascinating, yet little-known ice road trucking industry, stationed just outside Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territory, is responsible for supporting the diamond mines there. Canada now stands as the third-largest diamond producer in the world, housing an industry that rakes in $1.9 billion a year.
Each year, the many lakes of the region completely freeze over and engineers build an ice road over them that can withstand the weight of tractor-trailers, at least that’s what the hope is. Jackknifing, breakdowns and accidents are commonplace. Last year, because of the effects of global warming, the ice road was closed early, leaving hundreds of tons of supplies stuck at the dispatch station.
Since the terrain in the region is virtually impenetrable, and there are so few paved roads, the only way for supplies to reach the mines is by traveling over the ice road. The entire industry depends on the weather, and the courage of the ice road truckers who go 48-hour stretches with no sleep and who constantly hear the cracking of the ice right beneath their wheels.
More information can be found at www.history.com, the official Web site of The History Channel.
— The Trucker News Services