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8 Inmates, 1 Staffer Injured in Fights at US Prison in Va.

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PENNINGTON GAP, Va. (AP)- The Federal Bureau of Prisons is investigating fights at a prison in Virginia that injured eight inmates and one staffer.
    
U.S. Penitentiary, Lee spokesman Mark Ryan says multiple altercations involving inmates occurred around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday at the prison in Pennington Gap.
    
Ryan said Thursday in a news release that the situation was contained by prison staff.
    
He says eight inmates were taken to a hospital outside the prison for treatment of injuries. One staffer suffered a minor injury.
    
Wellmont Health System spokesman Jim Wozniak tells The Bristol Herald-Courier (http://bit.ly/1LYnlvz ) that eight patients from the prison were treated at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. He says the injuries included stab wounds, broken teeth and lacerations.
    
About 1,570 high-security male inmates are housed at the prison.
    

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