Tanya recalled the moments leading up to the accident, which took place on June 1 while she was visiting Los Angeles, during a recent interview with PEOPLE. “In the movies, time slows down and it truly slowed down. I could see the car coming. I could feel our speed, and my brain is going ‘We are not going to clear this car!’ I remember starting to scream and BAM!” Tanya recalled. “We kind of bulldozed through the car.”
Tanya said that she and her fiancé, Paul Judge, who was also in the car with her, were "really, really shaken," but passengers in both vehicles walked away from the accident apparently without any visible injuries.
Tanya's stomach was swollen and achy, but she continued with her itinerary while out on the West Coast, attending the Wearable Art Gala on June 2. “I was tired, dizzy. I started taking Airborne thinking, I’m getting something from travel and got through the whole gala,” she said. “I literally left the gala and was like, ‘I’m really not feeling well.’ I got back to my hotel and started vomiting.”
When Tanya found blood in her stool less than an hour later, she knew she had to go to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed Tanya with intestinal and gastrointestinal bleeding, along with an acute injury from the seat belt, according to PEOPLE, although Tanya said the accident could have been much worse if she hadn't been wearing a seat belt. She spent two days in the hospital as a result of the crash.
Tanya thanked her fiancé, as well as her sister, Tamara Sam, who lives on the West Coast, for taking care of her in her time of need in a sweet post on Instagram as her trip to L.A. came to a close. "So many people sent me notes of concern, saying get well soon, sending positive vibes,” Tanya told PEOPLE. “I’m feeling so much better.”