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Death toll in Swazi truck accident rises to 65

The girls were travelling to the annual Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland on Friday.

FILE: The Swazi government is yet to confirm the number of deaths and injuries from the crash. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Swaziland Solidarity Network says the death toll from a crash involving young maidens has risen to 65.

It's understood the girls were travelling in an open truck along the Mbabane, Manzini border and were on their way to cut reeds for the annual Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland.

The Swazi government is yet to confirm the number of deaths and injuries from the crash that occurred late of Friday.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network's Lucky Lukhele says, "We can now confirm that 65 young girls have perished on that accident even those that we admitted which earlier on were reported critical injured. We want to extend our deepest to their families."

The accident comes just a day before King Mswati the third is expected to choose a new wife.

It's understood police and the local media have been barred from reporting on the incident. The network says the Swazi government must be held accountable.

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