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Dozens of Md. children treated after heat exposure

Thursday - 6/9/2011, 6:21pm  ET

WALDORF, Md. - Several dozen elementary and middle school students in southern Maryland have been taken to hospitals after they reported feeling ill because of the heat.

William Stephens, director of emergency services for Charles County, says the students were overcome by heat Thursday morning while attending an event at a semi-pro baseball stadium.

The students were on a field trip at the Regency Stadium in Waldorf, Md. for a "baseball and education day," said Keith Lupton, stadium general manager.

County spokeswoman Crystal Hunt says a total of 72 children were taken to area hospitals and 10 were treated at the scene. All of the students have since been released, Hunt says.

Stephens says he can't remember an event of a similar magnitude in his 25 years on the job.

WTOP's Darci Marchese contributed to this report. Follow WTOP and Darci on Twitter.

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