A 75-year-old man was fatally injured and four other persons were seriously hurt yesterday when a car veered out of control and crashed into a Metrobus shelter at North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue NW where they were sitting, police said.

The car's driver, 60-year-old William Vines of the 700 block of 10th Street, was not injured.

Vines told police he was traveling east on Florida Avenue when his 1979 automobile suddenly veered across a median and ran up on a curb. The car went 85 feet, plowing through a couple of public wastebaskets and smashing the Plexiglas and metal bus stop before crashing into a tree.

No charges were placed against Vines who told police his car malfunctioned.

Police said an investigation into the incident is continuing.

The name of the man who died was not immediately released. He died at Washington Hospital Center about three hours after the 1 p.m. incident. The injured persons, two men and two women, were taken to three area hospitals. Their injuries included broken legs and arms. One of the victims suffered back injuries, police said.

All of the passengers were waiting for the Calvert Street Bridge bus when the incident occurred.

"It was terrible," said Oscar Terry, 55, who was shopping at a nearby drugstore when the wreck occurred. "Everybody was knocked out."

Richard Lyerly, owner of the liquor store across the street, said he heard the crash. "There was no sound of brakes. It was just bang, bang, crunch," he said. "You listen to that traffic all day long, but this was totally different."

Police identified the injured persons as Sandra Dickens, 17, of the 200 block of T Street NE; Jesse Williams, 23, of the 700 block of Kenyon Street NW; Beatrice Carthorne, 55, of the 300 block of Adams Street NE, and Charles Swift, 70, of the 1700 block of T Street NW.