On Sunday, March 25th, Tunnelling Journal’s friend, Jan Babendererde, was badly hurt in a dirt bike accident in his home state of Washington, USA. He was air-lifted to hospital with a serious spinal injury and immediately underwent surgery. He has since been transferred a hospital, in Puyallup, Washington, which specialises in Acute Spinal Injury Rehabilitation.
Jan and his family remain optimistic and positive, but he faces a long and hard recovery, with many expenses. His friends have therefore set up a GoFundMe site to help raise funds for rehabilitation and therapy. If you would like to make a donation please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/jan-badenererde
Jan Babendererde is a tunnel specialist at BASF, based in Kent, Washington. He has previously worked with Bilfinger Berger Civil, Herrenknecht USA, Impregilo Healy and The Robbins Company on numerous tunnel construction projects. Brother to Lars and Tim (of tunnel engineering and consultancy firm Babendererde Engineers), Jan and his wife Kris are well-known and much loved in the industry.