World · June 23, 2022

The Mexican union investigates the accident that killed two actors

National Assn of Mexico. of Actors said the union is investigating the incident that killed two actors and injured many others who worked on the Netflix series “The Chosen One”.

Actors Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar were killed and six other cast and crew members were injured after the van they were traveling in crashed last Thursday in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

RedRum, the production company behind the show, said the group was in transit from Santa Rosalía, Baja California, to the local airport and there were no signs of a security breach.

Some had speculated that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the accident.

But Alejandro Calva, labor secretary for the national actors association, said the union has not received any complaints for production-related safety problems.

Calva spoke at a press conference on Tuesday.

He said RedRum, who also worked on Netflix’s hit series “Narcos,” has a “good reputation” in the industry.

“We cannot accuse the company of absolutely anything,” he said. “There is no evidence that the driver was not rested, that the company had bad manufacturing practices.”

The union represents two women who were injured in the accident. They were both hospitalized, but one has since been released, Calva said.

Production on the series was halted, but has since resumed, Calva said.

Formerly called “American Jesus,” the show was one of the latest adaptations of Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of comic book company Millarworld, a deal it pursued to expand its superhero credentials.

Local media reported that the van overturned after it went off the road Thursday in a desert area near Mulege, southeast of Santa Rosalía.

Times Staff writer Anousha Sakoui contributed to this report.