Boy crushed at rotating Atlanta restaurant

Kari Scott
April 16, 2017

A 5-year-old boy from North Carolina was killed in an accident at a rotating restaurant in Atlanta Friday.

"What we do know is that people in the restaurant, everyone ran to the child's aid".

The rotating floor reportedly shut off automatically, and Westin hotel staff worked for 30 minutes to free the child.

The boy and his family were visiting from Charlotte and were at the restaurant for lunch, it said. The boy wandered 4 to 5 feet away from his parents' table when he became entrapped between a rotating portion of the floor and a wall, a space of about 4 to 5 inches, Pickard said.

"The number of people who were helping was wonderful", Pickard said.

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"It's very tragic, what has happened today", he said. Medics rushed the child to an area hospital where the boy later died. He added that their thoughts and prayers were with the victim's family.

That same year, a 10-year-old boy, Stephen Akinlabi, died after falling into the pool at the same Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Employees managed to dislodge the boy, who suffered crushing injuries to his head and brain, according to a report by the Fulton county medical examiner.

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. Words can not express the depths of our sorrow.

A guest services representative with the hotel said the Sun Dial will be closed until at least Monday.

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