One man was killed and eight persons were injured last night when a car careered over a traffic island in Northeast Washington and struck a Metrobus broadside, District police said.

The driver of the car, whose identity is being withheld, was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital, then taken to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy will be performed today.

The bus driver and all seven passengers were taken to Washington Hospital Center. Two of the passengers, Audrey Witherspoon, 50, of 6213 Kansas Ave. NE, and Ernest Peoples, 34, of 5211 4th St. NE, were admitted to the Medstar trauma unit.

"None of them was hurt real bad," said a hospital spokesman, adding that the other five passengers and the bus driver were treated for cuts and bruises and released.

The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. at North Capitol Street and New Hampshire Avenue. Police said the car was traveling southwest on New Hampshire Avenue when it apparently veered out of control, ran over an island and struck the northbound Metrobus. The car wedged itself under the bus, pinning the driver, and was dragged about 20 feet. Fire and rescue workers worked for two hours to cut the car free.

A Metro spokesman said the bus was on the K-2 route traveling to Takoma Park.