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Riverdale Actor K.J. Apa In Car Crash After Reportedly Working 16-Hour Day

Written by Tim Midura on Friday, September 22 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Riverdale Actor K.J. Apa In Car Crash After Reportedly Working 16-Hour Day

The actor reportedly had a grueling work day.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

K.J. Apa, star of Riverdale, was involved in a late-night car crash after a 16-hour work day outside Vancouver, Canada last week. The actor reportedly fell asleep during his 45-minute commute home. He was taken to a hospital for observation and discharged with no injuries.

The crash has prompted cast and crew to demand better safety protections during production. Actor Cole Sprouse has asked producer Greg Berlanti for transportation home after long days of acting. Brooding takes a lot out of you.

SAG-AFTRA announced Thursday afternoon that the union would investigate the set in Vancouver following the dangerous crash. The Guild released the following statement.

"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."

Warner Bros. issued a statement claiming that the actor didn't work a 16-hour day and that it couldn't have caused his 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."

The CW will move Riverdale to a fall premiere and use it to help launch its remake of Dynasty. News broke this week that the network is developing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a companion show to Riverdale.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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