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Michigan family of five killed in fiery crash

Posted: 6:20 AM, Jan 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-08 07:22:46-05

(WDIV) There are few, if any words, to describe what loved ones and friends of the Abbas family of Northville, Michigan are dealing with right now.

Losing one family member would be bad enough, but five of them at the same time in the same car crash? It has been unfathomable.

"Five people died, just like that," said Hassan Abbas. "We don't know how to feel. We are just confused. We still don't believe it."

Hassan Abbas' nephew, 42-year-old Issam Abbas, and Issam's wife, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, along with their three children were killed Sunday morning in a crash on I-75 in Lexington, Kentucky. The couple and their children -- 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas -- were headed home from a vacation in Florida.

The family lived in Northville, but had deep ties to the city of Dearborn.

"I don't remember the last time we were hit with a tragedy like this," said Sam Baydoun, Issam's colleague. "This is going to hit the Dearborn and Dearborn Heights community hard -- it's just a big loss for us."

The driver of the pickup truck that struck their SUV, 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey, Kentucky, also was killed in the crash.

The family was traveling home from a holiday trip to Florida. The coroner believes the driver of the truck was under the influence at the time of the crash.

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