Riverdale's K.J. Apa involved in car crash after 'working 16 hour day' 4 years ago

Riverdale's K.J. Apa involved in car crash after 'working 16 hour day'

Riverdale's K.J. Apa was involved in a car crash last week after he allegedly worked a 16 hour day.

The 20 year old, who plays Archie Andrews on the drama show, crashed after midnight just outside of Vancouver after a long day on set.


He was making the 45 minute drive home when he allegedly fell asleep during the trip, with the passenger side of his car striking a light pole, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He was reportedly taken to the hospital and discharged without serious injury and the New Zealand native's car was rendered inoperable.

The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said they were "deeply concerned" about the reports, as they confirmed they would be sending a team to the set in Canada.

A statement to Deadline read:

“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.”

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television said that they were "extremely grateful" the 20 year old actor was uninjured as they refuted some details of the incident.

A statement to Variety said:


"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."