What happened to Hugh Rowland from Ice Road Truckers? His Wiki-Bio.

For all his love for ice trucking, Hugh Rowland might not a huge fan of the show, Ice Road Truckers. A regular cast member of the series, Hugh made regular appearances in the series for the first eight seasons. Known to his fans as Polar Bear, Hugh was one of the first cast members of the series. And while the series brought Hugh immense fame and recognition, it also resulted in a severe accident. One of the best truckers around, Hugh is also one of the best-paid truckers. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Hugh Rowland.

The accident:

In 2014, Hugh Rowland filed a lawsuit against the executive producers of the series. The lawsuit was filed in early 2014 alleging that a producer’s reckless driving was responsible for injuries Rowland sustained in an accident. The accident left Hugh unable to attend the show’s ninth season. The lawsuit was filed against producer Will Morrison who lost control, veered off the road, and crashed into nearby trees. Hugh suffered serious injuries from the accident, so much so, that sex was out of the question. Hugh claimed that he had suffered severe and permanent injuries, with his wife adding how she was deprived of love, companionship, and the enjoyment of sexual relations.

Ice Road truckers star Hugh Rowland
Ice Road Truckers star Hugh Rowland

Getting into trucking:

Hugh Rowland was born in 1957 in Kelowna, British Columbia. He took his first trucking job as a teenager and stuck with it. While Hugh had never dreamt of being a truck driver, he fell in love with it since his first drive. Over the years, Hugh gathered a reputation as one of the best truckers in business. So when the producers of Ice Road Truckers came knocking, Hugh has more than happy to share his daily struggles with the public.

From 2007-2014, Hugh served as the program’s de facto host and lead star. His popularity continued to grow and Hugh became the face of the series. The series documented the adventures of Hugh and his crew as they tackled insurmountably dangerous situations, often defying death in the process. But with the accident in 2014 and Hugh’s lawsuit, the producer had no choice but to send will packing. Since then, Hugh has taken a break from reality TV but is still active as a trucker.


For all his mishaps, it cannot be denied that Hugh is one of the best ice road truckers in the business. The man loves trucking above everything else and is not afraid to take on a challenge every now and then. His exploits have been perfectly documented in an autobiography entitled, On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts, and Survival on the World’s Deadliest Roads. The book was published in 2010 and became an instant hit with the fans. Will also owns a construction business that he oversees.

Personal Life:

Hugh Rowland is married to his childhood sweetheart, Dianne Rowland. The pair met during Hugh’s early years and have been together ever since. In three decades of togetherness, the pair have three daughters and two grandchildren. A family man through and through, Hugh loves spending time with his family.

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