Judd described the harrowing experience in an interview with Entertainment Tonight this week. The singer said she and her husband were on a motorcycle ride with friends when she watched the accident happen.
"I will never forget that smell nor that sound coming from two vehicles colliding, and me going on past him thinking, 'Is he alive or dead? I have no idea,'" she said.
I dropped my bike and I run back and he's just lying there. I hear nothing. And then I heard the most beautiful sound on earth and that is him [breathing.] And I got on my belly and looked right in his eyes 'cause I knew if he closed his eyes that he would bleed out and that was it. I was 10 feet behind him when the accident happened and I saw the leg shatter and go all over the road.
"You just feel so helpless. All you can do is hold [his] hand or tell [him] a story or just be there," Judd added.
I became his nurse, my glasses at the end of my nose, pushing saline up into the gaping wounds and wrapping them. I became a nurse like my mother. I went from wearing the cute newlywed clothes to wearing cotton that had crap all over it, hair in a ponytail, and rolling up my sleeves for the man I love. The bottom line is it makes [you] or breaks you. You realize that you're bonded in a life. When I said I do, I never dreamed I would go through as much as I did as soon as I did.
Judd told People last spring that she was "stunned" to see him walk again.
"It freaked me out because I've seen him in a wheelchair and using a walker, and he just walked towards me and I was like, 'Wow.' I was so stunned. I saw the wreck, I saw him lose the leg."
"It made us so strong that I dare anyone to try and come between us. We are almost bulletproof at this point," Judd told ET.