A woman attending the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert died Thursday morning when she fell under a bus carrying other attendees, according to the event’s official blog.
No foul play is suspected, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office said. The woman’s identity will not be released until her next of kin have been notified.
Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said that “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.”
The annual festival has come under fire this year after a New York Times article criticized the increasing gap between the technology billionaires — “many of whom are one-upping one another in a secret game of I-can-spend-more-money-than-you-can” — and the festival’s more traditional attendees who “rough it” in the arid desert environs.
Despite the harsh conditions in which it is held, this is only the festival’s second accidental death in the past decade. In 2005, Katherine Lampman died after she was thrown from an “art car” and subsequently run over by it.
[“Burning Man 2005” by Aaron Logan via Wikimedia Commons]