‘Gold Rush’ Star Rick Ness Rattled After Major Crash

by Thad Mitchell

The hunt for gold sometimes requires the cast of “Gold Rush” to take on difficult tasks as star Rick Ness knows all too well.

Gold mining is not for the weak or faint of heart as “Gold Rush” has demonstrated time and time again. One of the most popular figures on the show is a veteran gold digger, Rick Ness. He’s spent a good portion of his life, trying to dig up the precious metal from underneath the earth’s surface. It is far from an easy job but you can strike it rich if you play your cards right. Ness and the other “Gold Rush” cast members have shown audiences what can be done with a little hard work. A hobby to some people is a culture, career and way of life for others like Rick Ness. The same is true for his castmates Tony Beets and Parker Schnabel.

Mining for gold requires a great deal of precautions that must be taken to ensure a miner’s safety. Rick Ness knows this as well as anyone and strives to ensure that he and his team are safe from danger. Sometimes, however, it seems danger comes looking for the “Gold Rush star. This was the case in a recent episode, where an incident left Ness shaken up.

While on a dig site about 100 miles from Klondike, Ness and his “Gold Rush” crew run into a little trouble. The narrator informs the television audience that Ness and his team are working with a skeleton crew and reduced capacity. While training a new rock truck driver, the operator crashes the very expensive truck in a pond area. It was a scary site for television viewers watching the Discovery Channel and a rattling experience for Ness and his crew.

‘Gold Rush’ Crew Experiences Major Setback With Crash

It is easy to tell from the get-go that Ness is heavily upset with the incident. The narrator says the rock truck driver could have drowned if the truck went much further into the water. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident and the crew managed to save the rock truck. They are able to pull the truck from the small pond without any further damage.

After cooling off a bit, Ness talks to the rookie driver in a very calm and easy manner. He will make a decision on the driver’s fate at a later time after he’s had time to think about it.

This incident just goes to show that these men and women of “Gold Rush” are putting their well-being on the line.

While Ness was clearly shaken up by the incident, he and his crew will live to mine gold another day. As he’s known to do, the gold mining leader will learn from the experience and march forward.