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Cheerleaders Sickened by Fumes in Bus in Va.

An emergency official says fumes sickened more than a dozen people aboard a bus transporting a cheerleading squad through Virginia.

Deputy chief Joe Sposa with Spotsylvania County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management says 15 people had symptoms of difficult breathing. They were taken to two Fredericksburg hospitals, where they were treated and released. Sposa said the patients' ages ranged from 5 to 47 years old. Most were in their mid-teens.

Officials say the bus was traveling on Interstate 95 on Sunday night when passengers began smelling an unknown fume. The bus stopped and emergency responders were contacted.

Sposa says the bus was traveling to North Carolina from a cheerleading competition in Washington, D.C. He didn't know exactly where the cheerleaders were from.

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