Riverdale star K.J. Apa was in a car crash after a long 16-hour workday outside Vancouver last week.
The 20-year old actor had fallen asleep at the wheel during his 45-minute commute home from the Riverdale set after midnight. Apa was transported to hospital for observation where he was ultimately discharged without any serious injuries. His vehicle remains totaled after the passenger side was destroyed when hitting a light pole. No other vehicles were involved.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the accident has lead to protest on the set of the series with the cast and crew asking to The CW install better safety measures during production. One source close to the production told the trade that the demanding workload is going to lead to the death of a series cast member:
“They’re working these kids from morning until night. Someone’s going to die.”
Actors are currently responsible for their own transportation but given the consistent late night shoots, talent is able to stay at a nearby hotel at the expense of the network if they feel unsafe to drive. Co-star Cole Sprouse, who had planned to be in the car that night but changed plans last minute, asked for the network to provide transportation to talent working late night hours.
UPDATE: Deadline has confirmed production on the series will not be delayed due to Apa’s crash.
UPDATE 2: Warner Bros. has released an official statement regarding Apa’s crash revealing that the actor was not taken to the hospital but was instead treated at the scene of the accident:
First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of Riverdale are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, KJ worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, and the day before that he worked 7.7 hours. KJ has repeatedly been informed about making production aware if he is tired or feels unsafe, and if so, either a ride or hotel room will be provided for him. The accident occurred last Thursday. Additionally, it is untrue that KJ was taken to the hospital. He was treated by first responders on the scene and released by them. We also sent a doctor to his home later that same day for a follow-up to confirm his well-being.
UPDATE 3: SAG-AFTRA has confirmed with an official statement that a team will be sent to set of The CW production to investigate the safety of the Riverdale cast:
“This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the Riverdale set. We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production.”
Riverdale stars K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camilla Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Luke Perry, and Molly Ringwald.
As the town breathed a collective sigh of relief that Jason’s killer had been found out, another terrible crime occurred, in a space that had been considered one of the town’s safest, most innocent places. If Jason Blossom’s murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface, as we enter Season Two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness. Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
The second season of Riverdale premieres Wednesday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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