Jul. 12—SUFFOLK — Employees at the Domino's Pizza franchise at the west end of Shenandoah are relieved that a co-worker suffered only minor injuries in a Sunday night crash.
Delivery driver Joshua Potter, 41, of Minersville, was operating a 2004 Jeep Liberty south on Suffolk Road (Route 54) about 10:15 p.m. during torrential rains from a thunderstorm, Mahanoy Township police said.
Near the intersection of Patriotic Hill Road, the SUV hydroplaned, Potter lost control and the vehicle rolled several times.
It came to rest on its roof facing west in the southbound lane.
JoLisa Andrewsky, assistant manager at Domino's, said she had finished her shift and left the store around 10:05 p.m.
A short time later, Potter called and said he was in an accident and couldn't get out of his vehicle.
"He was talking so I knew that was a good sign," she said. "I just told him to call 911."
Andrewsky said Potter was on a delivery run to Mahanoy City. She immediately called store general manager Katrina Yeagley, who lives in Mahanoy City and was at a convenience store at the time.
She went from there to the scene, as did two other Domino's employees.
"She said, 'Oh, my God, I'm going back there now,' " Andrewsky said of Yeagley. "She went and stayed with me on the phone and kept telling me what was going on."
Mahanoy City firefighters removed Potter from his vehicle and he was taken to a Pottsville hospital by Shenandoah EMS for treatment of what was described as minor injuries.
Despite the pouring rain, Yeagley and the two employees stayed at the scene and as close to Potter as they could until he was put in an ambulance.
"We have a very close relationship here," Andrewsky said about the Shenandoah store. "He's (Potter) a great guy and is just having no luck with his life."
She said he had the option Sunday night of working in the store or making deliveries.
"He decided to do the deliveries," Andrewsky said.
She said Potter makes it to work as scheduled and works very hard despite having vehicle troubles.
"He is dedicated to his job, and his job is still here if and when he decides to come back," she said.
Andrewsky said Domino's will work with Potter to help.
"He is a good worker and we cannot wait for him to come back to us," she said.
Potter could not be reached for comment Monday.
A portion of Suffolk Road was closed while the crash was investigated and the vehicle removed. Officers from Mahanoy City and Shenandoah assisted, police said.