Boy crushed at rotating Atlanta restaurant

After wandering from the window table where he was seated with his parents, the boy got caught between the wall and a table, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown told the (Atlanta) Journal-Constitution.

"His whole body was caught in between maybe four or five inches of space, and his head took the brunt of the injury", said Sgt. Warren Pickard of the Atlanta Police Department.

The boy and his family were visiting from Charlotte and were at the restaurant for lunch, it said.

The floor automatically stopped as it is created to do when something is caught. "A small child doesn't know what to do in those moments". "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".

The unconscious boy was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

The restaurant will be closed for the Easter weekend because of the boy's death, CNN affiliate WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported.

The hotel's manager, George Reed, issued a statement offering condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

In a statement, the owner of the restaurant, George Reed, said "words can not express the depths of our sorrow".

The Sun Dial revolving restaurant and cocktail lounge opened in 1976, and offers 360-panorama views from the 72 stories above street level, according to its website.

  • Angelo Rivera