BRANSON WEST, Mo. -- A crash south killed a teenager from Branson West. Troopers say Mason Weitzel ran off Highway DD nearly five miles south of Branson West just before 10:30 Tuesday night. His 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo hit two trees and then burst into flames, according to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Weitzel, 17, died at the scene. He played football and baseball at Reeds Spring High School. He also worked in the Food Department of Silver Dollar City for two seasons.
Reeds Spring High School officials had grief counselors on hand for students on Wednesday.