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Blind Kansas woman and guide dog struck by semi

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EUDORA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A blind northeast Kansas woman suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a semi Thursday morning.

The accident happened at around 11:15 p.m. at East 14th and Church Streets in Eudora. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Kristina Jenkins and her dog were crossing Church Street when the semi turned left and struck them.

Jenkins was trapped under the truck until a witness flagged down the driver to advise him he'd hit someone. The driver and witness then extricated the woman, and she was transported to a hospital in Overland Park. 

WDAF reports doctors since stabilized Jenkins, who is blind, and family, friends and neighbors continue to rally beside her.

“She is one of the most genuinely nice people you will ever meet in your life. She is so good. She is such an example to many of us. Being around Tina makes me want to be better," close friend Rose House told the Kansas City Fox station.

Her guide dog escaped any major injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation. It's unclear if the 45-year-old driver of the semi will face charges. 

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