Police closed three lanes of the M1 southbound between J31 at Rotherham and J30 at Barlborough after a huge crash on Tuesday morning.
An HGV, van and two other cars were involved in the high speed crash during rush-hour.
Police said all occupants were able to walk from the crash with 'minor cuts and bruises'.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "This is what caused delays in this morning's rush hour. M1 South junction 30.
"Luckily all the occupants walked away with minor cuts and bruises.
"The white car was once a Jeep Cherokee and the red one a Renault Clio .
"There was also another collision on the northbound opposite this that was also causing problems.
"Thankyou for your patience while we cleared the scene.
"Please keep your distance from the vehicle in front, remember that two second gap."