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Woman: Burning Man bus strikes and kills woman at annual free spirit festival

A woman attending the Burning Man festival in a Nevada desert was struck by a bus carrying partygoers Thursday and killed. Alicia Louise Cipicchio, 29, from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was hit early Thursday morning. Details on how she was hit were not made clear.

Police investigating the incident said Cipicchio was killed “after falling under a large vehicle” at the event. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role in her death. Over 60,000 attendees are on hand at the free-spirited art and entertainment event.

The annual Burning Man festival, which takes place the week prior to and including Labor Day in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, is self-described as a festival “wherein participants dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.”

The site’s “About” page says that all visitors “depart one week later, leaving no trace. As simple as this may seem, trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.”

Attendees to Burning Man are asked to follow the Ten Principles, including such unformulated concepts as decommodification, radical self-reliance, gifting and immediacy.

The official Burning Man blog page released a statement regarding the victim, and asked that anyone who may have information to please step forward and contact the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office.

Event officials, including representatives of Black Rock City, the Bureau of Land Management and Pershing County Sheriff’s Office express their condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and campmates of the victim. Support is being provided to those affected by the tragedy.

“This is a terrible accident,” Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates.”