Little boy crushed between table, wall at rotating restaurant in Atlanta

A five-year-old boy died on Friday (Apr 14) after sustaining head injuries from being trapped at a popular rotating restaurant in Atlanta. The child suffered critical injuries, however, and later died at the hospital, police said. The USA Today reported that the boy was injured when he got caught between the rotating portion of the floor and a wall.

"They were up enjoying one of our favorite attractions, the restaurant and just things went horribly wrong", said Sgt. Warren Pickard, Atlanta Police Department.

He said that the family was visiting the restaurant in Downtown Atlanta from the Charlotte area. He added that their thoughts and prayers were with the victim's family. "It crushed his little, small body", Pickard told local station WGCL-TV.

The rotating floor automatically shut off, and an ambulance was called, but it was too late.

Westin Hotel manager George Reed said investigations into the "tragic accident" were ongoing.

Numerous staff and patrons tried in vain to help the child and then give first aid once he had been freed from the space before first responders arrived.

"Words can not express the depths of our sorrow", hotel manager George Reed said in a statement according to NBC station WXIA. Carolyn Robinson, 61, who worked for the Westin company for over 35 years, died after she became locked in a walk-in freezer around 8 p.m.

Officials said the restaurant will remain closed for the remainder of the weekend.

  • Loretta Pittman