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Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man

Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man
File photo by BLM Nevada/Flickr

A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said.

The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today.

See also: Burning Man Shut Down Due to Weather

He said that sheriff's officials ...

 ... were investigating what is believed to have been an accident. According to a Burning Man statement:

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.

Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said:

Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man
File photo by BLM Nevada/Flickr

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.

Pershing County Sheriff’s Office detectives were still looking for witnesses. If you saw the accident or know anything about how it happened, they'd like to hear from you: 775-273-2641.

See also: Let's Be Real: Burning Man Is Bad for the Environment

Organizers of the annual weeklong event in Black Rock, Nevada, were expecting 70,000 partygoers.

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