A 5-year-old boy died Friday after he sustained head injuries at a popular Atlanta tourist location.
Police confirmed the boy was injured at around 3:20 p.m. ET at the Sun Dial, a rotating restaurant at the top of the 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
According to Atlanta Police Department spokesman Warren Pickard, the boy and his family were visiting from Charlotte and were at the restaurant for lunch.
The boy’s parents were sitting at a table and the child apparently wandered 4 to 5 feet away, when he got caught between the rotating portion of the floor and a wall, a space of about 4 to 5 inches, Pickard said.
“We simply think he lost sight of his parents and panicked and found himself in that situation,” Pickard said. “A small child doesn’t know what to do in those moments, and it crushed his little small body.”
Pickard said staff and patrons at the restaurant immediately tried to render first aid to the child.
“They were moving furniture, they were pulling chairs — chairs that were bolted to the floor — they were pulling them up to try to get the child out,” Pickard said.
The boy was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The restaurant at the top of the Westin Hotel is an Atlanta attraction because of its rotating floor that offers a 360-degree view of the city.
George Reed, hotel manager for the Westin Peachtree Plaza, said in a statement that the hotel is working with authorities and will assist them in the investigation.
“Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family,” he said.