Authorities in Kentucky say five family members from Michigan headed home from vacation were among six people killed in a wrong-way accident on Interstate 75.
Lexington police said in a statement that a suspected drunken driver in a southbound pickup truck being driven in the northbound lanes struck the family's sport utility vehicle at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The statement says the SUV caught fire. All five occupants died, along with the pickup's driver.
The Fayette County coroner's office says the family from Northville, Michigan, was returning from a vacation in Florida.
A coroner's statement identified them as 42-year-old Issam Abbas, 38-year-old Rima Abbas, 14-year-old Ali Abbas, 13-year-old Isabella Abbas, and 7-year-old Giselle Abbas.
Habib Abbas of Dearborn, a cousin of the father, told The Detroit News that when he first heard about it he didn't believe it and went about his day.
He says: "I thought it was a rumor or something and then saw it again and called his sister. She and the family are even more in denial."
Abbas says Issam Abbas was a lawyer and that Rima Abbas was a doctor and devoted mother to their children. He says the extended family was close and his cousin led a "beautiful life."
He added: "You don't expect a whole family to get wiped out. You think to yourself `What's the worst case scenario?' and that's it."
The pickup's driver was identified as 41-year-old Joey Lee Bailey of Georgetown.
The crash remains under investigation.