There have only been two previous accidents in the past 36 years where train passengers have died in a collision with a road vehicle at a level crossing.
At Hixon, near Stafford, 11 people died in 1968 when a train crashed into a low-loader on a level crossing.
At Lockington, Yorkshire, in 1986 nine people died when a passenger train hit a van on a level crossing.
In April 2003 a motorist committed suicide by parking on an automatic half barrier level crossing in front of a high speed mail train in Dunhampstead, Worcestershire. The train came to a halt with the car underneath it. The train driver was not injured.