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K.J. Apa grateful to be alive after car crash

Riverdale star K.j. Apa is grateful to be alive after he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and crashed into a light pole.
The 20-year-old, who plays Archie in the hit U.S. TV series, dozed off while driving home after a work on set in Vancouver, Canada in mid-September (17).
He was hospitalised with minor injuries, and now the Australian star is speaking out about the drama, insisting it was “a mistake on my part”.
“I should have pulled over and gone to sleep instead of battling my way home,” he tells Esquire. “But I learned from it. It was a blessing in disguise. I came out unscathed, and I thank God that I’m OK – it could have been a lot worse.”
Addressing claims that TV show bosses were to blame for the crash – for working their actors too hard, Apa insists, “The schedule didn’t change. It’s still a requirement for the actors to drive to work, which is fair enough. The crew works longer than we do, and they have to drive back and forth to work every day.
“It puts things in perspective for actors on other shows; when you’re driving home, you’ve got to be mindful and make sure your mind’s right and that you’re not tired. I was really lucky the production was there for me and helped me the whole way, which made me feel looked after.”

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