Father of Vikes RB Asiata dies in Utah accident

Eden Prairie, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - The father of Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata has passed away.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported on Tuesday that the elder Asiata was the driver of a charter bus slammed into the back of a construction vehicle on Interstate 80 in Utah east of the capital city.

According to the paper, the 53-year-old Asiata was killed when the force of the collision drove a piece of heavy equipment on the back of the truck through the drivers' side window and caused massive chest trauma.

"We are aware of the tragic incident involving Matt's father, Pita Asiata. This is heartbreaking news for Matt and his family. We are here to support the Asiata family in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Asiata family."

The younger Asiata, a second-year back from the University of Utah, has yet to catch a pass or carry the ball in six appearances this season.