Woman Dies At Burning Man, Killed After Falling Under Bus

  @ZoeMintzz.mintz@ibtimes.com on August 28 2014 2:16 PM
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A pirate ship cruises the Playa during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Aug. 26, 2014. People from all over the world have gathered at the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert, cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops. Reuters

Update 3:00 p.m. EDT:

Alicia Louise Cipicchio, 29, from Jackson, Wyoming has been identified as the woman who died at Burning Man on Thursday morning. According to the Burning Man blog, Cipicchio succumbed to fatal injuries after “falling under a large vehicle.” 

Original story:

A woman died at Burning Man early Thursday after she reportedly fell under a moving bus that was transporting passengers around the festival, authorities said. Further details were not immediately available.

The accident took place just after midnight in the Black Rock Desert, about 110 miles outside of Reno, Nevada, where the weeklong art/culture festival takes place. Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell described the incident as "a terrible accident" in a blog post recently updated with an announcement that the victim's family has been notified, and that additional information will be released to the public soon.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected," Goodell said in an emailed statement. "This is a terrible accident."

The festival is expected to have 68,000 people this year along with 500 private security personnel and 95 federal and local law enforcement officers. Burning Man officials said they were collaborating with the Pershing County sheriff's office to investigate the recent death.

The fatality isn't the first in Burning Man’s 28-year history. The last reported death took place in 2003 when 21-year-old Katherine Lampman was run over by an art car after jumping from it to get a better view of a landmark. In 2007 a man reportedly committed suicide after jumping from the rafters of a public tent. Jim Parrish, Humboldt General Hospital chief executive, said earlier this week that at least two other people have died there since the hospital began treating Burning Man attendees in 2011.

Safety precautions at Burning Man include wearing headlamps, glow sticks and other forms of light at night. Motorists must also abide by the 5 mph speed limit. Mashable notes that Burning Man tickets include the warning, "You voluntarily assume the risk of death."

We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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