GARVIN – A Balaton teen and Louisiana man were injured after their vehicles collided at the intersection of US Highway 59 and US Highway 14, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. At approximately 3:43 Monday afternoon, a 2024 Freightliner semi was pulling a trailer and traveling southbound on US Highway 59 and a 2012 Chevy Malibu was traveling westbound on US Highway 14 when the vehicles collided in the intersection. 

The driver of the Chevy, 17-year-old Trevor Smith of Balaton, was airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls with life-threatening injuries.  

The driver of the Freightliner, 49-year-old Arthur Watts III of Thibodaux, Louisiana, was taken to the Tracy hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  

Assistance was provided by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Balaton Fire Department, Garvin Rescue, Tracy Ambulance, and North Memorial Air Care.