PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Gabe Rygaard, a reality TV star and former Clallam County commissioner candidate, was killed in a 9:22 a.m. wreck Friday involving three vehicles on U.S. Highway 101 a quarter-mile east of Laird Road, west of Port Angeles.
Rygaard’s father, Craig, confirmed this afternoon that his son, a Port Angeles native and a Port Angeles High School graduate, died in the crash.
Clallam Fire District No. 2 Assistant Chief Dan Huff reported that the driver of a Ford Bronco died at Olympic Medical Center as a result of injuries from the wreck.
Huff reported that a total of seven people in three vehicles were injured in the wreck.
All the others sustained only minor injuries, were treated at the scene and were released.
Details were unavailable this afternoon.
Eleven personnel responded from District 2 along with an engine, two ambulances and a command vehicle, said Huff.
Lanes of Highway 101 were closed at 11:30 a.m. and traffic was detoured near Laird Road, pending the completion of an investigation by the Washington State Patrol.
Rygaard, 44, when he announced earlier this year his intention to run as a Republican for the District 2 county commissioner being vacated by Mike Chapman, was featured on History Channel’s recently canceled reality TV series “Ax Men.” He did not advance from the Aug. 2 primary to the general election.
His family-owned Rygaard Logging Inc. was featured on the show.
Rygaard was owner-operator of of Rygaard Logging Inc. and owner of Ryfield Properties Inc. in Port Angeles and Penny Creek Quarry in Quilcene.