ATLANTA — A 5-year-old boy was killed in a tragic mishap at a rotating restaurant in Atlanta when his head got trapped between the spinning section of the eatery and the stationary part, police said.
The boy, who was in town visiting with his family from North Carolina, was eating at the 72nd floor Sun Dial restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, when he wandered away from his parents table.
“They were up enjoying one of our favorite attractions, the restaurant and just things went horribly wrong,” Sgt. Warren Pickard of the Atlanta Police Department told WAGA-TV.
“The child was in the restaurant having lunch with his family and doing what small children do, the child’s 5 years old,” Pickard said. “He wandered away from the table and was somehow able to get lodged in between the rotating floor and the wall and the table.”
“People in the restaurant, everyone ran to the child’s aid. Pulling furniture, turning over tables, trying to administer first aid, but just were not successful in saving the child’s life,” Pickard said.
Hotel officials said the restaurant’ spinning mechanism shut off automatically and rescuescrews worked for about 30 minutes to free the child from a 4-inch gap. But by the time the boy made it to a local hospital, it was too late.
Westin Hotel manager George Reed said the restaurant was closed as the investigation continued and that hotel staff were devastated by what he called a “tragic accident.”
“We are working with the authorities as they look into this tragic accident and we will continue to assist them in any way we can,” he said in a statement. “Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family.”
The Sun Dial revolving restaurant and cocktail lounge has been in business since 1976. It has 360-panorama views of Atlanta from 720 feet up.