Winchendon police, aided by the Massachusetts State Police, are investigating a two-car crash that took the life of a 70-year-old man Friday morning. In a release issued Saturday afternoon, Winchendon Police Lt. Kevin Wolski said Howard E. Chase, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:25 a.m. crash on Route 12, also known as School Street in Winchendon. Preliminary information indicates that Chase’s northbound Ford Transit van was struck head-on by a Ford F-250 pickup truck that had crossed the centerline of the highway. Both drivers were alone in their vehicles, and both vehicles were heavily damaged in the crash. The driver of the pickup truck was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Winchendon Police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section are investigating the crash.