WOODBINE, Md. (WJZ) — A family gathering took a tragic turn this holiday weekend when a man was killed by a falling tree.

Tracey Leong has the story on this fatal accident.

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Howard County fire says this is just a rare and unfortunate situation where a man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 75-year-old Annapolis grandpa was visiting for a barbecue when a rotten tree fell, killing him while he was grilling at a home on the 28-hundred block of Daisy Road.

“I think this truly was just a freak accident,” said Marc Fischer, Howard County fire department.

Emergency crews were called to the home around 4:30 p.m. Saturday where the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Three of the man’s grandchildren—all under 16—were injured, but said to be okay.

When the tree fell, it also damaged several cars and the home, making it uninhabitable.

“It appears the tree was broken off in the middle of the tree trunk,” Fischer said.

The American Red Cross and an organization through the Howard County fire department will be aiding the family during this time.

Howard County fire recommends for people who live in the fall zone of large trees to consult a professional tree expert to evaluate the health of their trees.

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