Vigil set to commemorate Avoca tragedy

Carmel Mitchell with husband Graeme
Carmel Mitchell with husband Graeme

Hundreds of bowlers from across the region are expected to descend on the Buninyong Bowling Club on Tuesday evening to mourn the loss of popular bowler Carmel Mitchell. 

The vigil comes amid the aftermath of the horror crash on Saturday afternoon which hospitalised 18 passengers who had been coming back from a ladies bowls tournaments in Mildura. 

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Ballarat District Bowls Division chairman Sandra Chapman said the gathering would provide the bowling community with a chance to come together and grieve. 

Counsellors will be on hand to offer support to people at the event. 

Police inspect the wreckage of the bus which rolled near Avoca on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

Police inspect the wreckage of the bus which rolled near Avoca on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

“We’re now coming to terms with the impact this is having and individuals and on clubs,” Ms Chapman said.  “People are still in shock and there’s still a lot in hospital, some seriously injured. 

“We needed to have some sort of counselling for some of the ones that weren't physically involved but have been affected.” 

The vigil will be held between 6 and 7pm. 

As of Tuesday morning two women in their 70s remained in The Alfred hospital, one in a critical but stable condition and the other serious but stable.

A further two women remain in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition while nine patients remained at the Ballarat Base Hospital in a stable condition.