Actors, like many other professionals, often spend long hours on set doing their jobs. Being tired from work or other stress while driving can cause anyone to become involved in an accident. Unfortunately for actors, their celebrity status often means that accident becomes public knowledge. Vulture reports on an accident that involved K.J. Apa, the star of the CW show “Riverdale.”
Early in the morning on Thursday, September 21, Apa was driving home from the set of “Riverdale” when he collided with a light pole. Apa had just finished a 16-hour day on the set of the CW drama when he fell asleep behind the wheel.
While the passenger side of his car sustained major damage, Apa himself did not suffer any serious injuries. Sources report that industry standards require actors to use as a taxi, a hotel room, or a driver if they are feeling tired after a day of shooting. However, Apa made no such request, nor did he indicate that he might be too tired to drive.
In the wake of the incident, a call is scheduled between WBTV representatives and the representatives for key cast members to address safety concerns going forward. Production on the drama has resumed.
Apa was alone in the car at the time of the incident, but it is reported that actors are responsible for their own transportation to and from the set. However, actors can bill the studio if they need a different hotel room or a driver in the case that they feel they are unable to drive.
This is the second highly-publicized incident revolving around the production of a show in Georgia. Earlier this year, a stuntman was killed on the set of the Walking Dead.
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