A supposedly fun weekend took a frightening turn for Real Housewives of Orange County cast members Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge when the four-wheeler they were riding flipped and rolled on the sandy dunes multiple times.
Judge and Gunvalson were riding a Polaris PZR at around 12:50 pm in Glamis, California on Saturday while taping for their Bravo reality show when it rolled over several times, a TMZ report said. Both women were hospitalized, but neither was said to be in grave danger.
Gunvalson was airlifted from the scene to a local hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries to her left leg and hip, and was released the following day. Judge was also treated for trauma to her lower back and hip and was released on Saturday. Both stars were not seriously injured, reports say.
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E! also confirmed a statement from a Bravo spokesperson that Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge met an unfortunate accident.
“There was an off-roading accident that occurred on Saturday morning during the production of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Vicki and Tamra were taken to the hospital after the accident occurred. They were both released and are continuing to be monitored. Everyone at Bravo, along with their fans, send them our love and support.”
On Monday, TMZ alleged that Gunvalson was vomiting and could not feel her fingers after the incident. The website also added that the reality stars had neck and back pain.
Vicki and Tamra from “Real Housewives of Orange County” were injured in a scary ATV crash over the weekend. https://t.co/pwbQIcC22e
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Forty-eight-year-old Judge was reportedly behind the wheel of the dune buggy when it flipped, while a camera crew for RHOC filmed the adventure.
Several photographs of the accident scene showed Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge in neck braces while the RHOC crew waited for the helicopter that would transfer Gunvalson to the hospital. Some of the photos showed the housewives lying on the sand while members of the crew surrounded them, checking if they were injured.
The Real Housewives of Orange County stars took to social media to thank everyone for their prayers, “So many texts, tweets and phone calls asking if this is true. I can confirm it is. Thank you for your prayers and concerns.”
“We are both beat up but very lucky to be alive. I’ve never been so scared in my life.” Judge wrote on Facebook.
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She admitted she felt an “overwhelming amount of guilt” since she was the driver but said she was happy and thankful that they are still alive. Sharing her frightening experience, the reality star posted a picture of her helmet and wrote alongside it: “It’s not a good Glamis trip until you break in your new helmet. I’ve never been so scared in my life.”
Judge also took the opportunity to clarify that no alcohol was involved in the ATV accident. “No one was training me or telling me to slow down. I have been riding since I was young. It was an unfortunate accident coming off a top of a dune and landing wrong,” Judge wrote.
Tamra Judge Talks If Alcohol Was Involved In Accident https://t.co/mEoNaqjdFe pic.twitter.com/fFpJy5CDwb
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The trip to the famous California desert was taken to celebrate Judge’s husband’s 43rd birthday.
Following the Glamis incident, Gunvalson shared a photo of the helicopter that transported her from the California desert to the facility where she was hospitalized. “Thank you everyone for your prayers,” she wrote alongside the Instagram photo before adding the hashtag “#itwasntourtime.”
Vicki Gunvalson and her fellow housewife currently appear in Season 11 of the hit Bravo reality series. Judge joined The Real Housewives of Orange County during Season 3 while Gunvalson is an original member. The reality series is going in its 11th season.
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