07/02/2012 04:04 am ET Updated Jul 02, 2012

'Ice Road Truckers': Dangerous Accident Leaves Trucker Community Shaken (VIDEO)

While it's the icy conditions that keep the drivers on the edge of their seats -- as well as the viewers of "Ice Road Truckers" (Sun., 9 p.m. ET on History) -- it was an accident of a more mundane variety that had them holding their breath in this week's episode.

The accident was triggered by the icy conditions, there are no road conditions in which a 4,000 pound vehicle colliding with a 16-ton big rig is anything other than terrifying.

"I think everybody reacted like it was their own brother or sister," one of the drivers said. "We take care of our people up here.”

When sharing such a treacherous vocation, it's understandable that these people come together like family. Trust in the expertise of the fellow drivers on the road is tantamount to success when one mistake can cost lives.

The tension rises every week on "Ice Road Truckers", Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on History.

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