The M1 is now fully reopen after being closed for six hours following a serious crash involving five vehicles.
All three main emergency services were called to the collision on the northbound stretch between junctions 29A for Markham Vale and 30 for Barlborough shortly before 6am.
A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: "A broken down box van was struck by a lorry.
"Shortly afterwards, three lorries behind collided while trying to avoid the first collision.
"No-one suffered serious injuries but it will take time to remove all the debris."
Officers said the incident caused 'significant tailbacks' and 'long delays' on the motorway and urged motorists to 'seek other routes until further notice'.
A Highways England spokesman said an 'extensive clean-up and recovery work' was required.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101, quoting incident 88 of today.