After loading pallets stacked with boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables onto to his second hand poorly maintained 6 tonne white Lorry, Liam tied down the pallets to the flat tray bed with woven nylon rope, when all was secure he jumped into the drivers seat, fired up the turbo charged diesel engine, rammed the gearbox into first gear, popped the clutch, drove slowly through the busy fruit and vegetable market shed out the wide doors and main gates, turned left onto the wet and slippery, fog bound highway heading north west of Melbourne to the family owned and run green grocery shop.
Parking the 6 tonne white Lorry outside the family owned and run green grocery shop on a crest of a steep hill , Liam cut the diesel engine, placed the gearbox in neutral, engaged the the cable handbrake which is rusted part the way through and dangling by one rusty thread of wire, removed the ignition key, locked the steering wheel so the front wheels are pointing straight ahead down the steep hill, jumped out and started undoing the woven nylon rope securing the pallets in readiness to unload them by forklift.
Grabbing the forklift key off a hook, he trundled out of the shop with the forklift and started unloading the pallets one by one. When it came down to the final pallet, Liam misjudged the distance between the forklift and Lorry slamming into it's side causing it to rock violently from side to side, vibrating the rusty handbrake cable causing the dangling single thread of wire to snap.
When Liam reversed away from the Lorry, it took off down the steep hill, out of control, gaining speed along the way, racing towards a wooden bridge spanning a canal, it mounted the bridge crashed through the rotten timber railing, flipped upside down landing on the front of a wooden scow just as it emerged from under the wooden bridge sending both straight to the muddy bottom of the canal's cold murky waters. Liam turned up out of breath a few seconds later, but all he could do was stand on the canal bank scratching his head wondering what to do next.
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