FRESNO -- Stephanie Cordoba called home so often on Wednesday that her exasperated family begged her to stop.
Little Sienna -- Cordoba's 3-month-old daughter -- was just fine, they told her Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning.
Enjoy your night out with friends, they said.
But when the calls abruptly stopped and Cordoba didn't come home, exasperation turned into worry. By midmorning, the family knew the worst -- Cordoba was one of six people killed in a horrible accident on Highway 99.
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"We were just hoping anything else but this," Amy Cordoba, Stephanie's sister, said Friday at the family's home in west-central Fresno.
Cordoba, 20, and two of her friends, Vanessa Gonzalez, 19, of Fresno, and Sylvia Garay, 18, of Dinuba, were headed home from a club in the Tower District when their SUV overturned and was struck by a Greyhound bus just after 2 a.m.
A third vehicle, a Honda CR-V, also was swept up in the accident that ended in a mangled mass of metal down an embankment just off northbound Highway 99.
The bus driver, James Charles Jewett, 57, of Sacramento, and bus passengers Epifania Solis, 60, of Madera and Tomas Ponce, 79, of Winton died in the crash.
Friday, five people injured in the accident were listed in good to serious conditions in area hospitals. California Highway Patrol officials gave out little new information and said they hadn't determined the cause of the initial accident or which of the three women was driving the SUV, a Chevy TrailBlazer.
CHP officials have said nothing now indicates drugs or alcohol as a factor in the accident, but they haven't been ruled out.
Toxicology tests are pending.
The TrailBlazer was headed north in the right lane when it swerved across traffic lanes and into the center median, according to a CHP report released Friday. The vehicle landed on its side, with its undercarriage facing oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes.
Authorities have said they aren't sure whether the TrailBlazer's lights were on or whether they were visible to the bus driver. The Greyhound bus, with 32 people aboard, hit the TrailBlazer and the Honda; the impact carried all three vehicles over an embankment.