The news was announced in a press release via Ward’s official Facebook page. According to the statement, Ward had just left the Great American Truck Show in Dallas and was heading to Missoula, Mont., to begin filming a new documentary series involving the recovery of plane crashes.
Missoula County Sheriff’s Captain Bill Burt told FOX411 News that the pilot attempted to regain control by landing on a small airstrip when “something went drastically wrong.” The plane then crashed onto the shoulder of the I-90 highway.
“In his free time, you could usually find Darrell giving back to the community any chance he got,” the statement reads. ” … he had promoted the most recent food drive to help victims in the Louisiana Floods and was scheduled to appear as the grand marshal for the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics in Nova Scotia.”
Funeral or memorial services have yet to be announced.
“While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief,” reads the end of the official statement. “His manager and best friend M. Bob Stanton and long time friend Chuck Campbell are expected to make a lengthier statement shortly.”