Sequim man dies in early morning wreck on Old Olympic Highway

Greg Valaske airlifted after vehicle collides with power pole

A Sequim man died early Sunday morning after colliding with a power pole on the 7000 block of Old Olympic Highway, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Greg Valaske, 51, was found unconscious and entangled in the wreck at about 1:05 a.m. Sunday, June 19.

Dan Orr, assistant fire chief, said it took crews 37 minutes to disassemble the vehicle around Valaske and extricate him.

Orr said Valaske was airlifted from Sequim Valley Airport to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

He succumbed to unspecified injuries upon arrival, the sheriff’s office reports.

Valaske was traveling east on Old Olympic Highway in his 2002 Buick and drifted off the south side of the roadway, slid through a front yard and struck a main distribution power pole.

Power did not go out initially from the collision from the impact, the sheriff’s office reports.

Clallam PUD reports that power was lost to about 1,100 homes for about an hour at 10:40 a.m. for repairs.

The wreck remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office reports, and alcohol is suspected of being involved.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Sequim Police Department and District 3 Fire Department responded to the incident.

Valaske, an electrician, owned Best Electric.