A motorcyclist was killed early Thursday when he slammed into the back of a van on the high rise bridge, New Orleans police said.

The 56-year-old victim, whose identity has not been released, was headed east on the bridge when the accident happened about 1:30 a.m., said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.

The man died on the scene. An autopsy is pending, as are blood and alcohol tests.

The NOPD fatality unit is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6237.