Cirque du Soleil Worker Dies in 'Industrial Accident'

Technician was hit by lift, circus says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 30, 2016 1:00 AM CST
Cirque du Soleil 'Luzia' Worker Dies in SF Accident
A performer swings through the air during a dress rehearsal for the Toronto opening of Cirque du Soleil's latest creation, "Luzia."   (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

An employee with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show died after being injured Tuesday night in what was termed an "industrial accident," San Francisco police say. Police responded to the area near AT&T Park after receiving a report of an accident near the show's tent, a police spokeswoman says. The employee died at a hospital. "It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident," Cirque du Soleil said in a statement. "One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries."

The company did not release the employee's name or provide any other details of the incident or how it occurred, the AP reports. Police say officers with the San Francisco Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and investigators with the state's workplace safety regulator, Cal/OSHA, are investigating. The Tuesday night show was canceled. (More Cirque du Soleil stories.)

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