The tragic death of a 5-year-old boy in Atlanta, Georgia, has parents everywhere spooked.
The child was killed in a popular rotating restaurant in the city that is known as a family tourist destination. He was caught between a rotating table and a wall at the Sun Dial Restaurant located on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.
The family was leaving the restaurant around closing time when the boy went to the wall to see the view. The restaurant offers a 360 degree view of the Atlanta skyline. That was when he became lodged.
Staff, security, and employees tried to help the boy by shutting off the floor’s rotation and attempting to dislodge him, but it was already too late.
The Daily Mail has more:
He was taken to Grady Hospital after the incident around 3:30pm, and was later pronounced dead.
‘There was a tragic accident at the hotel involving a young boy,’ Westin Peachtree Plaza Manager George Reed said in a statement obtained by the AJC.
‘Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.’
The Sun Dial is said to be closed until further notice, and an investigation is being conducted by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
The boy’s death comes just a year after a kitchen employee at the same hotel died after getting accidentally locked in a freezer overnight.
The 61-year-old woman, Carolyn Robinson, had worked with at the Westin hotel for more than 35 years.
Less than a month after that, ten-year-old Stephen Akinlabi died at the hotel’s pool after he fell in at a birthday party.