Riverdale star KJ Apa was involved in a car accident in Vancouver last week. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Apa was driving himself home—a 45-minute commute—during the early hours of the morning, having just wrapped a 16-hour day of filming, when he fell asleep at the wheel.
Apa was taken to a local hospital for observation, and discharged without serious injuries, but his car was damaged so badly it was rendered inoperable. The passenger side of the vehicle was reportedly destroyed after striking a light pole. Apa's co-star Cole Sprouse had "apparently planned to be in the car as well that night but changed plans at the last minute."
Since the crash, THR reports, protests have erupted on the set of the CW drama over safety procedures. The show routinely requires actors to work very long hours, with shoots lasting until the early morning, and cast and crew are not provided with transportation. Per Warner Bros. TV policy, actors are responsible for getting themselves to and from the set, particularly on productions that are based outside of the US. Sprouse, whom THR describes as "a leader of sorts of the actors on the show," has reportedly asked that the series provide transportation to actors working late hours.
The CW declined to comment, but a source noted to THR that actors are told they can call a taxi or stay in a hotel near a set—to be paid for by the studio—if they feel it is unsafe to drive.
Update: Warner Bros. Television has released two statements on the matter, which appear to contradict some of the earlier claims regarding KJ's accident. The first is about studio policy:
"The safety of the cast and crew on all of our productions is of paramount importance to the Studio. Productions adhere to the Screen Actors Guild–mandated turnaround time of 12 hours from wrap time to next day call time for cast members. In accordance with industry standard policy, if any cast or crew member feels tired or unsafe at any time after working, the Studio will provide a taxi, a driver, or a hotel room upon request. This is communicated to all cast and crew, both in writing and verbally, at the beginning of production and is reiterated continuously throughout the duration of production."
The second statement directly addresses the car crash:
"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."
This article originally appeared on Harpersbazaar.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.