ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Officials say a New York City firefighter was killed when a tree limb fell onto the vehicle he was driving at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

Biltmore spokesperson Marissa Jamison says the limb fell across a road at the entrance to the tourist attraction amid high winds Friday and struck a guest’s vehicle.

The Citizen-Times reports an Asheville fire spokesperson says the driver died before firefighters arrived.

Three people also in the car — including children — were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, WSPA-TV reported.

A spokesperson for the Fire Department of New York says Casey Skudin would have turned 46 on Sunday.

Skudin had 16 years of service and worked in the Rockaway area of Queens. He was married to Angela Skudin and had two children.

After the deadly incident, The Biltmore Estate released the following statement:

This is a devastating tragedy and we are deeply saddened by this news. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the family and their loved ones, and we are offering assistance at this time.

BILTMORE ESTATE