5-year-old crushed between table and wall at rotating restaurant
ATLANTA, GA — A five-year-old boy died after getting stuck in the rotator at a restaurant.
"His whole body was caught in between maybe four, five inches of space,” explained Sgt. Warren Pickard of the Atlanta Police Department. “His head took the brunt of the injury."
Police said the little boy wandered away from his family's table and got lodged between the wall and a table as the floor rotated.
"The floor sensed that someone was trapped, and it stopped on its own," Sgt. Pickard said.
The workers at the Sun Dial rushed to get him out and administered CPR as medics rushed to get to the 72nd floor, where the restaurant is located at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.
"We know that there was the last customers for the lunch crowd, and it's very tragic," said Sgt. Pickard.
The news was difficult for anyone to comprehend. Teresa McCullough, who is staying at the Westin, said as a mother, she thinks of her own kids, nieces and nephews.
"Anytime you have anybody getting hurt,” McCullough told us. “But you're talking about a small child like that, it's sad to hear something like that."
Medics rushed the 5-ear-old to a nearby hospital where he died. Police said he and his parents were in town visiting from Charlotte. The restaurant will be closed until further notice, and the hotel manager released the following statement:
As soon as we learned of the accident, we immediately responded until emergency personnel arrived. 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. Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating.