Brett Colley, 45, of Bewdley, Worcestershire, died while living his dream: driving some of the treacherous roads found on reality TV show Ice Road Truckers.
On November 13, Colley’s truck slid off-road and down a steep embankment on Alaska Highway near Pink Mountain while delivering food supplies for H and R Transport. Colley, a father of one, had moved from Bewdley, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, 18 months prior to the fatal accident in search of a great challenge and the thrill of adventure.
Colley was a long-time fan of Ice Road Truckers who, after applying unsuccessfully to be on the popular show, decided to take matters into his own hands by moving to Canada to drive along some of the world’s most dangerous travel routes.
“He wanted to explore the world and had a real passion for traveling and adventure. He was a real outdoors type and enjoyed life to the full,” Colley’s mother Rita told The Sun.
Authorities report that an ongoing investigation of the accident may take up to six months to provide further details.
Colley’s sister, Alex Fidoe, states, “He was a very vibrant person, full of personality. He was one of those people who lit up a room when he walked in. If you sent him down the street for a loaf of bread it would take him two hours because everyone he bumped into, he knew. He had such a big heart. He was very kind-natured and very much a family man. He was always smiling.”
Colley had been planning a New Year’s trip home to convince his family to permanently move to Canada.
“His death has hit us all very hard but we know he was doing something that he really enjoyed,” says Rita Colley.
Rest in peace, driver.