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Swaziland rights group says 38 girls and young women killed in crash traveling to festival

  • Dead bodies lay on the back of a truck Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 near Swaziland's capital Mbabane after tens  of girls and young women were killed in a crash while traveling to a famous traditional festival Friday. The truck they were traveling in collided with another vehicle the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. (AP Photo)

    Dead bodies lay on the back of a truck Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 near Swaziland's capital Mbabane after tens of girls and young women were killed in a crash while traveling to a famous traditional festival Friday. The truck they were traveling in collided with another vehicle the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dead bodies lay on the back of a truck Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 near Swaziland's capital Mbabane after tens  of girls and young women were killed in a crash while traveling to a famous traditional festival Friday. The truck they were traveling in collided with another vehicle the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. (AP Photo)

    Dead bodies lay on the back of a truck Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 near Swaziland's capital Mbabane after tens of girls and young women were killed in a crash while traveling to a famous traditional festival Friday. The truck they were traveling in collided with another vehicle the Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A Swaziland rights group says 38 girls and young women were killed in a crash while travelling to a famous traditional festival.

The Swaziland Solidarity Network said in a statement on Saturday that about 20 others were injured when the truck they were in collided with another vehicle on Friday.

The Times of Swaziland reported that the truck smashed into the back of a van and was then hit in the rear by another truck.

The women were on their way to the Swazi king's royal residence for the annual reed dance.

A government website says about 40,000 girls and young women participate in the eight-day ceremony each year in which they bring reeds to reinforce the windbreak around the royal residence.