Riverdale lead actor KJ Apa was involved in a late-night crash in Langley shortly after filming concluded for the day, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter.
The incident occurred last week after a 16-hour day on the set. It is alleged that Apa crashed his car into a light post after falling asleep at the wheel during his 45-minute drive home.
The actor, who plays Archie in the CW series, was taken to a local hospital for the treatment of minor injuries and was released shortly after.
But he seemed healthy and unfazed at BC Place Stadium on Saturday when he was playing a Vancouver Whitecaps alumni charity match with other Hollywood stars who are currently filming in the city.
Apa and the rest of the Riverdale cast live in downtown Vancouver, and they are known to commute to Langley for studio filming daily. They often work between 14 and 16 hours per day and wrap filming as late as 7 am during night shoots.
The report notes that Warner Bros Television’s policy is that actors are responsible for their own transportation to and from set, especially for productions filming outside the US.
Apa’s crash has ignited a “firestorm of protest” on the Metro Vancouver set of Riverdale, with cast and crew demanding better working conditions and transportation to and from the set, especially for those working late hours.
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