Once and for all, let’s set the record straight. Although "Ice Road Truckers" implies the number is 39, in reality, since the Ice Road(s), west between Yellowknife and Echo Bay Mines on Great Bear Lake, and East, between Yellowknife and the Diamond Mines (Ekati, Diavik and Snap Lake etc) were constructed, from about 1973 to the present day (June 2008), there have been NO truck driver deaths directly attributed to hauling freight on those Ice (Winter) Roads.
Hugh Rowland, Original Productions/Thom Beers/History Channel are deliberately perpetuating a lie! Since 1973, there have been three, and only three, deaths associated with the construction of said Road(s). One death of a grader operator, one death of a snocat operator (who subsequently died of heart failure after being rescued), and lastly, one death of a plow truck driver (2004). Tragic accidents though they were, all three fatalities happened during the construction phase, before the Road was opened to heavy truck traffic.
Contrary to the "Ice Roads Truckers" series produced by the US History Channel, the job is neither a ‘Job to Die For’, nor ‘A Dash for Cash’! No actual truck drivers on the Ice (Winter) Roads have died by breaking through the ice!
I know this is like barking up a dead horse’s ass, but I had to post it anyway.