Alex watched as a crane swooped down on one of the cars, seized it in a metallic grip, and dropped it into the crusher. For a moment the car rested on a pair of shelves. Then the shelves lifted up, toppling the car over and down into a trough. The operator - sitting in a glass cabin at one end of the crusher - pressed a button and there was a great belch of black smoke. The shelves closed in on the car like a monster insect folding in it's wings. There was a grinding sound as the car was crushed until it was no bigger than a rolled up carpet. Then the operator threw a gear and the car was squeezed out, metallic toothpaste being chopped up by a hidden blade. The slices tumbled to the ground.

By james, May 2, 2012.

Found in Alex Rider, Stormbreaker, authored by Anthony Horowitz.