Crash on I-75 in Lexington kills six people, including family of five


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A fiery crash Sunday morning killed six people, including a family of five.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. near mile marker 107.

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According to the Fayette County Coroner, the Abbas family was traveling north in the northbound lane, returning home to Michigan from vacation in Florida, when Joey Bailey of Georgetown is accused of driving the wrong way on the interstate, crashing into the Abbas’ SUV head on.

“We just see this truck, you know, fly by us,” Kenneth DeGraaf said.

DeGraaf says he saw the truck go by while he was traveling. He says it was scary to see and that’s why he says he called the police.

The coroner released the names of the people involved in the crash.

That includes 42-year-old Issam  Abbas 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, 7-year-old Giselle Abbas, and 41-year-old Joey Bailey.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Rima Abbas was a doctor who specialized in family medicine.

“It was very scary for us and we’re lucky that it wasn’t us, but at the same time we just pray for all those involved,” DeGraaf said.

The coroner’s report says police believe Bailey was driving under the influence.

Lexington police are asking the public for any information regarding the crash.

If you do have information, contact the collision reconstruction unit at (859) 258-3663.

A service was held Sunday night at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan to remember the Abbas family.

That is where there visitation will be Monday and funeral on Tuesday.