Gloria Estefan is looking back at one of her scarier moments.
“We got rear-ended by a fully-loaded 18-wheeler, and there was what felt like an explosion,” Estefan recounted in a clip obtained by People magazine. “It was huge. And I opened my eyes and I’m on the floor of the bus. And I am looking around and it is mayhem.”
The star said she remembered her husband, Emilio, “covered in blood,” hovering over her, “wild-eyed, screaming, ‘Are you okay?'”
Gloria Estefan broke her back in a bus accident in 1990. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
“Babe, I broke my back,” the singer remembered saying. A doctor would later implant two steel rods to stabilize her broken back in a procedure that took four hours.
“I had the taste of electricity in my mouth,” recalled the “Conga” singer. “That’s the only way I can describe it. The pain was excruciating.”
Estefan previously spoke to the outlet about the incident and said she “learned a lot” from the ordeal.
“There was definitely a before and after from that accident. Even though I wouldn’t want to go through it again, I learned a lot about just living day-to-day,” said the Grammy winner back in August. “I remember thinking, ‘Maybe this is the reason that I’ve gone through this; maybe I can be an example to people of how to take control of our lives and get past hurdles.'”
Gloria Estefan (right) and her daughter Emily (left) host ‘Red Table Talk: The Estefans.’
After nearly being paralyzed, the star said she had a hard time imagining walking again in the future.
“I made myself short-term goals to accomplish, such as walking an extra two feet, so each day I just went a little further,” she recalled. “Don’t think about that daunting thing that seems unattainable — think about what I can do today to be just that much closer to that goal.”
Estefan will further recount the incident on Wednesday’s episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans” on Facebook Watch.
The Associated Press contributed to this report