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Guide Dog Saves Trainers from Car Barreling Down Sidewalk

A seeing eye dog is being credited for saving the lives of two people after he was practicing to train the blind on a sidewalk.

Trainers for Guide Dogs for the Blind help teach dogs how to work with the blind on the streets of San Rafael, and this training session was a normal one at first.

"We're working on having as straight a line to curbs, and then on from there," Danielle Alvarado said. Alvarado was blindfolded, and was accompanied by Todd Jurek and a yellow lab named O'Neil.

While calmly walking down a sidewalk, the three had a close call with death after an out-of-control car came barreling down the sidewalk at a high speed.

Luckily, O'Neil looked back before the car was in sight, alerting Jurek that something was wrong.

When Jurek looked back, he saw the car and was able to push everyone out of the way to safety.

The incident was caught by Richard Bolds' surveillance cameras.

"It shot out like a rocket," Bolds said. He owns the building on the corner where the incident happened.

"I think the dog looked before I did," Jurek said. "I don't know what it would have done if I were not there, so you never know."

Driving the out-of-control car was a 93-year-old woman with her husband. It is not clear how she lost control of the car. It broke a window and left skid marks along the side of a building, but was able to safely make its way to the street. 

Sources: ABC, Fox


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