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UPDATE: People Killed In Fiery Crash On I-75 Identified

Posted at 4:23 PM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 16:23:00-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The Fayette County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the six people killed in a fiery crash on I-75 early Sunday morning.

The Fayette County Coroner identified the family killed as Issam Abbas, 42, Rima Abbas, 38, Ali Abbas, 14, Isabelle Abbas, 13, and Giselle Abbas, 7, of Northville Michigan.

An article in the Detroit Free Press says that the mother, Dr. Rima Abbas, was a physician at Beaumont Health.

The driver of the pickup was identified by the Fayette County Coroner’s Office as Joey Lee Bailey, 41, of Georgetown, Kentucky.

According to a release from the coroner, the Abbas family was driving back to Michigan from vacation in Florida when the wreck happened.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office confirms that Bailey was driving a pickup truck the wrong way on northbound I-75 when he hit the family’s SUV head-on. The vehicles caught fire and all six people involved were killed.

It happened around 2:30a.m. near Mile Marker 107.

The City of Dearborn posted on their Instagram page sending their condolences to all who knew the Abbas.

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#DEARBORN (TCD) | TCD sends its condolences to the Abbas Family on the passing of Issam, Rima, and their 3 children due to a fatal accident on I-75 in Lexington, Kentucky. Please keep them, their families, and friends in your thoughts and prayers. الجالية العربية في مدينة ديربورن تفجع بوفاة المحامي عصام عباس وعائلته اثر حادث ادى إلى مصرع العائلة على طريق I 75 لدى عودته من رحلة كان يقضيها مع زوجته واولاده

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Lexington Police say shortly before the crash happened, several 9-1-1 calls were received about a white pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office said in their release that it is believed Bailey was driving under the influence, though toxicology results are pending.

The northbound lanes were closed for hours as an accident reconstruction team investigated the crash. They have since reopened.

Lexington Police now want to hear from anyone who saw the white Chevy truck before the crash.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at (859) 258-3663.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or