While both Housewives suffered concussions and have fully recovered, fans finally got to see the before and after of the terrifying tumble on Monday’s episode.
They had traveled to the off-roading adventure in celebration of Judge’s husband Eddie’s birthday, along with fellow Housewives Heather Dubrow and Kelly Dodd. All four ladies were in the Polaris RZR ATV at the time of the accident.
Before taking off, the Housewives received some safety advice from Judge’s brother, Kenny – Judge sitting in the driver’s seat with Dubrow at her right, and Dodd and Gunvalson in the back.
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“If this thing goes over, the last thing you want to do is stick your hand out,” he told the women before they embarked on their roller coaster-like ride up-and-down the sandy slopes.
“What do you mean ‘If it goes over?’ ” Dubrow asked. “Don’t say that!”
His advice would prove to be all too important. Moments after taking off into the winding desert terrain, their ATV caught some speed, went up over its left tire and rolled over the top of dune.
“Oh s—, I’m scared,” Judge said as the vehicle turned upside down and landed back on its wheels.
Once the dust settled, Dubrow quickly took charge. “Nobody move – nobody move,” she told the girls as she stepped out of the four-wheeler and called for an EMT.
“I’m in help mode,” she explained to viewers. “I need to make sure everyone else is okay.”
Gunvalson was the first to alert Dubrow of her pain. “Ouch – I’m hurt,” she screamed, complaining of neck and back pain. Unable to feel her right hand, she began vomiting in Dodd’s lap.
By the time the medics arrived, Judge was flat on the sand, nearly unresponsive. “Tamra looks impaired lying on the ground,” Dubrow described. “I don’t see any blood anywhere which is good, but sometimes the worst injuries don’t show any blood.”
Both were quickly carted off to hospitals – Judge to a local facility by ambulance and Gunvalson via helicopter to a Palm Springs medical center.
“Vicki was airlifted [because the local hospital] doesn’t do trauma, so anybody that gets into an accident is airlifted,” Judge told Jenny McCarthy in June during an appearance on McCarthy’s Dirty, Sexy, Funny SiriusXM show.
“We are both beat up but very lucky to be alive,” she said on social media after the accident. “I’ve never been so scared in my life. As the driver I have an overwhelming amount of guilt and just happy that the 4 of us are alive.”
After the ladies left, Dubrow, Dodd and Judge’s mom Sandy had some time to reflect on what had happened.
Sandy seemed to be the most shook up about the accident, reflecting back on arriving at its scene. “All I could see was her feet and I recognized her boots so I knew it was my daughter,” she said, crying. “And it scared me. She’s my first born. I’m stick to my stomach.”
“That was really scary,” Dubrow said, realizing she had a cut on her elbow. “That was gnarly.”
Dodd’s helmet had come off during the accident – though she only injured herself on her left hip. “It’s a miracle I didn’t get a concussion or hurt myself,” she said. “I could not believe it. I was getting claustrophobic in there, so I kind of took it off and then tried to put it on as best I could. And I didn’t do it right.”
She told PEOPLE Now in August the crash still sits with her.
“I still have nightmares today thinking about what happened,” she said. “It was just a really, really bad accident.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.