A 5-year-old boy was crushed to death Friday afternoon after being caught in a revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.
The boy, identified by Atlanta authorities as Charlie Holt, was visiting Atlanta with his family from Charlotte, North Carolina. He was having lunch at the Sun Dial restaurant with his parents. The restaurant continually revolves on the 73rd floor of the hotel, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding area.
The child reportedly wandered about four or five feet away from the window table where his parents were seated and became entrapped in a tight space between the wall and a table.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the restaurant’s automatic shut-off stopped the structure from rotating, but the boy’s injuries were too severe by the time the motion stopped.
“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,” Atlanta Police Department spokesman Warren Pickard said told USA Today.
Restaurant staff and guests administered first aid before emergency workers took the boy to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died from head trauma around 4:20 p.m., about an hour after getting caught by the mechanism.
Westin Peachtree Plaza manager, George Reed, said the hotel is working with authorities and will assist them in their investigation of the accident.
The boy’s death isn’t the first fatal accident to occur at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Last April, a 10-year-old boy drowned after falling into the hotel pool, and on March 22, a 61-year-old employee of the hotel kitchen died after becoming locked in a walk-in freezer.