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The 1961 SL-1 Reactor Explosion was the world's first fatal nuclear accident.
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Radioactive corpse being removed from SL-1 reactor accident site.

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This photograph shows the a truck carrying the radioactive corpse of a reactor operator from the SL-1 accident. The operator was impaled in the ceiling of the structure by a control rod. Once his body was freed from the control rod, it was caught in a special truck-mounted sling, then transferred to this truck. The extremely radioactive body is inside lead blocks stacked on the end of the truck to minimize the truck driver's radiation exposure.

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