Boy, 5, dies after being stuck at Atlanta's rotating restaurant

It took firefighters around 30 minutes to free the boy from a 4-inch gap.

A North Carolina boy, 5, died after being stuck at the Sun Dial rotating restaurant on top of the 72-storied Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Downtown Atlanta (in picture) on Friday, 14 AprilAAK/Wikipedia

A five-year-old boy from North Carolina died after being stuck at a rotating restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. The boy was reportedly pinned between the rotating floor and wall of the structure.

The incident took place on Friday (14 April) at the Sun Dial restaurant at the top of the 72-storied Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel at around 3:30pm local time (8.30pm BST). The place was reportedly shut following the incident.

"The child was in the restaurant having lunch with his family and doing what small children do, the child's 5 years old," Sergeant Warren Pickard, Atlanta Police Department 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."

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It took firefighters around 30 minutes to free the boy from a 4-inch gap along the line of rotation where he was stuck, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. Emergency officials reportedly said that the boy was bleeding from the head and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he later succumbed to the injuries.

"What we do know is that people in the restaurant, everyone ran to the child's aid. Pulling furniture, turning over tables, trying to administer first aid, but just want not successful in saving the child's life," Pickard added, terming it as a "very tragic incident".

He said that the family was visiting the restaurant in Downtown Atlanta from the Charlotte area. "The family was visitors to our city. They were up enjoying one of our favorite attractions, the restaurant and just things went horribly wrong," he added.

Hotel manager George Reed told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in an emailed statement, that they are cooperating with the police authorities in an investigation into the incident. He added that their thoughts and prayers were with the victim's family.

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