Mark Eckles and Kevin Gray, both of Statesville, have been named as the Statesville men killed in a violent crash Thursday night in Mooresville.

Eckles, 47, (pictured,) and Gray, 47, were killed when the truck they were traveling in collided with a tractor-trailer and caught fire, according to the Mooresville Police Department.


The crash was reported shortly after 10:50 p.m. near the intersection of Oak Ridge Farm Highway (150) and Wiggins Road, near East Mooresville Intermediate School. source

According to Mooresville police, the tractor-trailer was traveling eastbound on Oak Ridge Farm Highway. The driver drove left of the center line to avoid hitting a stopped vehicle waiting to turn left, and collided with the westbound Chevrolet pickup, driven by Eckles.

Friends and family members pictured Eckles and shared condolences for both beloved men on Facebook: