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5-year-old dies after getting stuck in rotating restaurant

Boy dies at iconic rotating restaurant in Atlanta inside the Westin hotel (Photo: CNN Newsource)

ATLANTA, Ga. (WSET) -- A child has died after an accident at a well-known restaurant in Atlanta.

The Sun Dial rotates at the top of the Westin Hotel.

Police said the five-year-old got stuck in the rotator at the restaurant.

"His whole body was caught in between maybe 4-5 inches of space," said Sgt. Warren Pickard with the Atlanta Police Department to WSBTV. "His head took the brunt of the injury."

Police said the little boy wandered away from his family's table and got lodged between the wall and a table as the floor rotated.

"The floor sensed that someone was trapped and it stopped on its own," Pickard said.

The workers at the Sundial rushed to get him out and administered CPR as medics rushed to get to the 72nd floor, where the restaurant is located at the top of the hotel.

"We know that there was the last customers for the lunch crowd, and it's very tragic," Pickard added.

The five-year-old was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Police say he and his parents were in town visiting from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The restaurant will be closed until further notice.

The hotel manager released a statement about the incident:

"As soon as we learned of the accident, we immediately responded until emergency personnel arrived. We are working with the authorities as they look into this tragic accident and we will continue to assist them in any way we can. Words cannot express the depths of our sorrow. Our thoughts remain with the family."

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now investigating.

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