Child crushed to death in accident at Atlanta revolving restaurant

A overhead view of the Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta, which revolves to make the most of the city's views.
A overhead view of the Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta, which revolves to make the most of the city's views.SCREENSHOT: YOUTUBE

ATLANTA, Georgia (REUTERS) - A five-year-old boy sustained fatal injuries at a rotating restaurant atop a skyscraper in downtown Atlanta when his head became lodged between a stationary wall and a table affixed to the slow-moving floor, officials said on Saturday (April 15).

The Sun Dial restaurant's automatic systems stopped the floor's rotating motion when the child became stuck on Friday and then employees dislodged him from the tight space, Atlanta police said in a statement.

But the child was critically injured and died later that day at a hospital.

"The kid was just wandering as kids will do. Somehow he found himself in a critical situation where he's lodged in between the rotating floor and the wall," Warren Pickard, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, told reporters on Saturday.

The boy, whose head was caught within about 13cm of space, according to police, was identified as Charles Holt of Charlotte, North Carolina, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said on Saturday.

His death was ruled accidental and he was found to have suffered crushing injuries to his head and brain, it said.

A spokeswoman for Sun Dial, on the 72nd floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in the Georgia capital's downtown, did not return a call or e-mail seeking comment on Saturday. Sun Dial's website says it offers 360-degree views of the Atlanta area.

A representative for the business told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution it would be closed until further notice.