'Riverdale' KJ Apa crashes car following 16-hour day work

ANI | Updated: Sep 22, 2017 21:23 IST

Washington D.C [USA], September 22 (ANI): 'Riverdale' star KJ Apa was involved in a late-night car crash last week after falling asleep at the wheel post a grueling 16 long hour work day.

The 20-year-old actor, who plays Archie in the Warner Bros. produced Archie Comics adaptation, was driving to his home when the accident occurred outside Vancouver.

It prompted the cast and crew of the hit Netflix show to demand for better safety and protections during production, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor apparently fell asleep while driving the 45-minute home trip after midnight. He was reportedly unharmed and was taken to a local hospital for observation and later on discharged.

However, his car was wrecked in the incident.

Those who work in the film industry have long complained about the unsafe working conditions that demanding hours can cause.

The SAG-AFTRA union has even launched an investigation of the 'Riverdale' set in greater Vancouver.

"This is an extremely troubling situation and we are deeply concerned about the safety of performers on the 'Riverdale' set," the union said. "We are sending a team to Vancouver to review the circumstances surrounding safety issues affecting performers on this production. We have no further comment at this time"

Warner Bros. Television released a statement refuting some of those claims.

"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," reads the statement.

"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," the statement concluded.

The hit show is prepping up to return for season two in 'The CW.' It also stars Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes and Cole Sprouse. (ANI)

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