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The Berkshire fatal train collision happened at an automatic level crossing with half barriers on each side of the road, Network Rail said.
The type of barriers have an excellent safety record, rail experts said.
Accidents were usually the fault of drivers attempting to dodge the barriers or when vehicles are deliberately left in the way of trains.
"This is more like a road accident that has caused a train crash," said Rail magazine editor Nigel Harris.
There are three main kinds of level crossing: the full barrier crossing, generally in use on main roads; the automatic half barrier, used on B roads and the farm crossings on agricultural land.
Automatic half barriers are triggered by an approaching train with the timing depending on its speed.
First amber lights come on, then red lights flash and then the barrier comes down.
Traffic is stopped at least 30 seconds before the train arrives.
"These automatic half barriers are in use all over the country and are tremendously safe.
"If there are accidents, it normally comes down to car drivers, with motorists sometimes trying to dodge around the barriers," Mr Harris said.
"This has really nothing to do with rail safety. There are similarities with the Selby crash [in 2001 which claimed 10 lives] when a Land Rover caused the train crash.
"If the vehicle [on Saturday] had been left four-square right across the track then a high speed train could well derail.
"There have been a handful of accidents at these types of crossings and I can't think of one where the equipment of the crossing has been to blame.
"Local people who have used this crossing regularly are saying that they cannot recall an accident there."
Former British Rail safety chief Peter Rayner said the crossings were checked regularly and well maintained.
"These kind of barriers are normally extremely safe and the only time that accidents occur is normally when reckless people disobey the signals and try to go round the barriers.
"The technology has been gradually upgraded and anyone who says that such barriers should be banned are flying in the face of the facts that say they have worked very satisfactorily for 20 years."
Half barrier crossings were introduced in the 1950s and became common in the 1960s.
The idea of half barriers was to give vehicles stuck on crossings the chance of escape should they be caught in traffic that had queued across the crossing or if their vehicle stalled.
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