A Lao Cai court sentenced a 38-year-old bus driver to nine years in prison for causing an accident last year that killed eight people and injured 29.
The Bao Yen District People’s Court found Vu Huu Hoa of Hai Phong City guilty of violating traffic laws and causing serious consequences.
According to the indictment, Hoa, a driver for the Nguyen Thanh Phat Transport Company in Hai Phong, was taking 46 tourists from the port city to the Bao Ha Temple in Lao Cai Province on October 25, 2013.
In Bao Yen District, he turned onto National Highway 279 hoping to use the road as a shortcut.
The highway had been closed to bus traffic due to extensive construction.
After encountering gridlock some 15km from the temple, Hoa turned back.
On the Ma Yen Son pass on road 279 in Mui 2 Village, the bus sailed 30 meters off the edge of a cliff, killing eight and injuring 29 others.
Hoa suffered minor injuries and turned himself in to Bao Yen District police several days later.
He and the Nguyen Thanh Phat Transport Company were ordered to compensate the victims.
Traffic accidents have killed more than 6,800 Vietnamese so far this year, or 25 people every day.