A Hong Kong tour-bus crash in which the vehicle burst into flames, killing one person and injuring 44, on Thursday in Guangzhou was one of 22 major traffic accidents in the city that day, newspapers reported yesterday. More than 70 people were injured in the accidents, which occurred in a 12-hour period. Former Hong Kong resident Yan Wang-hou, 71, died in the Hong Kong bus crash. At least five of the accidents were classified serious, with three or more people injured in each. Most were blamed on heavy rain and low visibility. The first occurred at 5.56am when two motorcycles collided, seriously injuring four people. However, bad weather was not cited as the reason for the crash of the Hong Kong bus, which occurred after the driver swerved to avoid another accident on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Highway. Thirty-five Hong Kong people out of 44 injured have returned to the SAR. They were admitted to the Prince of Wales, Tai Po Nethersole and Northern District hospitals. Ten have been discharged. Two passengers with brain damage are still being treated at Dongguan People's Hospital. Another bus crash at a toll booth on the Guangzhou-Qingyuan Highway injured seven people. The high casualty rate from Thursday's accidents has highlighted the chaotic state of traffic in Guangzhou. Late last year, the city put the finishing touches to a much improved internal traffic network, the centrepiece of which is a high-speed ring road. But local drivers have not yet adapted to the new environment and faster vehicle speeds. Cyclists also continue to use many of Guangzhou's upgraded roads and jaywalkers frequently dart across crowded expressways.