After Sherwood's departure, Rowland hired a fourth driver named Danny Reese; in the final episode of the first season, Rowland's luck finally ran out when his truck was sideswiped by another trucker on the ice road, knocking a driving axle off the chassis.He ended up finishing the season in the truck originally driven by Yemm.
Yemm ultimately quit and returned home, feeling his friend was not fulfilling his responsibilities to maintain the trucks.
Under this banner, the Ice Road Truckers show garnered very good ratings.
In 2006, The History Channel hired Thom Beers, owner of Original Productions and executive producer of Deadliest Catch, to create a series based on the Ice Road book.
A season 1 rumor that the sequence was staged using a real truck and dynamite caused discontent among the drivers.
The mining companies that owned the road where the first season was filmed felt the show portrayed the road in a negative fashion, they believed the show depicted drivers as cowboys making a mad dash for money and taking excessive risks to do so.