Woman Tragically Killed at Burning Man After Being Hit By a Bus

Burning Man DeathIt's that time of year again. It's hotter than ever at the tail end of August, so it's time for 50,000-plus artsy, party-going types to gather in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man festival. It's a gathering centered around free love, community, and lots and lots of art, and while it may be hotter than blazes (usually -- this rain heavy rain storms delayed the event), it's supposed to be a really good time.

Tragically, it didn't end so well for one artist in attendance. 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio was killed at Burning Man on Thursday, after being struck by a bus near Center Camp in Black Rock City, the temporary city constructed every year for the event. She was a manager at an art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming, and is said to have loved the outdoors.

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She was struck just after midnight on Thursday morning, and officials are working to find out what happened that led to the accident.

Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell released a statement saying, "This is a terrible accident. 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."

Someone who worked with Cipicchio at the art gallery asked to remain anonymous, but said she was an "amazing girl, full of life, loved by everybody."

The bus that struck and killed her was full of party-goers being transported around the event, which has been a little more chaotic than usual this year thanks to some unexpected rain. 

Burning Man is infamous for being one of the craziest festivals ever, but you never expect something like this to happen. Crazy art displays, thousands of people in elaborate costumes, and a 100-foot wooden "man" set on fire to top it all off ... but no one expects to get hurt, let alone lose their life.

Do you think Burning Man is dangerous, ordo freak accidents happen anywhere?

 

Image via Alicia Cipicchio/Facebook

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