Woman killed in bus crash at Burning Man festival

The bus was transporting passengers around the site in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada

A woman has been killed at Burning Man festival after falling under a moving bus.

The incident happened at the event, which takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, US, just after midnight on Wednesday (August 27). The bus was transporting festival-goers around the site, a statement from the organiser reads (via LA Times).

While the woman was not identified by the festival, USA Today have named her as 29-year-old art gallery manager Alicia Louise Cipicchio, from Jackson, Wyoming.

“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. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected.”

Festival-goers are banned from bringing their own vehicles onto the five square mile site for safety reasons and a strict 5mph speed limit is enforced. Black Rock City residents are encouraged to bring mountain bikes and walk to as many of the venues as possible on the festival site. This marks the first death on the site since one person fell under a trailer seven years ago.

Earlier this week, severe weather meant that the start of the event was delayed. The site of the week-long community and arts festival, which has run since 1986, was waterlogged and roads to the area were closed down by local police, with festival attendees being turned away and re-directed to alternative campsites.

The week-long festival runs until September 1 and works on a gift, rather than cash based, economy. This year’s theme is ‘Caravansary’.